PHOENIX -- After struggling in his last two outings, rookie Micah Owings threw a two-hit shutout, just his second complete game, to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-0 victory over San Francisco on Tuesday night.
The victory came one day after the Diamondbacks blew a late lead against the Giants and it kept them one game in front of San Diego in the NL West. The Padres beat the Pirates 5-3 on Tuesday.
Chris Snyder had a two-run single and Mark Reynolds hit his 15th home run for Arizona.
There was no emotional hangover from an 8-5 loss to the Giants on Monday, when Arizona's normally reliable bullpen gave up a two-run lead in the eighth inning. The Diamondbacks quickly put that game behind them with a four-run first inning against San Francisco's Jonathan Sanchez (1-5). Sanchez left after one inning with an oblique injury that likely will end his season.
Owings (7-8) had not lasted beyond the fourth inning in either of his last two starts, fueling speculation that he was about to be dropped from the rotation. But Owings made a case for himself against a Giants lineup without Barry Bonds, who was sidelined for a third consecutive day by a toe injury. Owings didn't allow a hit until Dave Roberts led off the fourth with a single.
Owings allowed three baserunners -- a walk and a single to Roberts and a double by Pedro Feliz in the fifth.