Owings Leads D-Backs Past Rockies

Spoils home opener for defending NL champs
By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2008 6:43 PM CDT
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Micah Owings delivers a pitch to Colorado Rockies batter Troy Tulowitzki in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game in Denver on Friday, April 4, 2008.    (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
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(Newser) – The Colorado Rockies celebrated their NL championship Friday with a pregame jubilee filled with fireworks, fly-bys and flashbacks, then played nothing like the charmed team that won its first pennant six months ago. Arizona right-hander Micah Owings (1-0) struck out a career-best nine batters and allowed just one run and two hits over 6 2-3 splendid innings in the Diamondbacks' 8-1 win over struggling Colorado.

Chad Qualls and Juan Cruz completed the two-hitter, and Mark Reynolds homered, doubled and drove in three runs for the Diamondbacks, who watched the Rockies celebrate a sweep of the NL championship series the last time they were in town. Gone on this day, however, were the clutch hits, the great glove work, the sweet sounds of the barrel meeting the ball for the Rockies at sold-out but oh-so-quiet Coors Field.