Owings wins No. 4 behind early offense
D-backs survive scare with Reynolds, get series win
PHILADELPHIA -- Pitcher Brandon Medders didn't see him. Manager Bob Melvin prepared for the worst from the dugout.But third baseman Mark Reynolds furthered fueled speculation about his superhuman tendencies by walking away from a scary scene in the seventh inning of the D-backs' 11-5 win over the Phillies on Tuesday. A bunt by Phillies outfielder Michael Bourn rolled between the mound and third. Medders ran over, Reynolds charged with his head down and scooped the ball just as his face slammed into the pitcher's side. Reynolds lay facedown on the ground for a few minutes. Back in the clubhouse, his cell phone lit up with a call from his mother. The normally raucous Philly crowd was quiet. But he was helped up and walked off the field with the help of trainers. He was dressed and smiling in the clubhouse after the game, a bruised neck the diagnosis. He's listed as day-to-day. "I just remember the bunt, I remember having the ball," Reynolds said. "Next thing you know, I'm laying on the ground." "I feel bad about it," said Medders, who admitted Reynolds injury could have been much worse. "It's nothing that could have been avoided." Melvin said his first reaction was "very scary" after seeing Reynolds motionless on the ground. But when he got out there, he saw Reynolds was responsive. "He's a tough kid," Melvin said. "He was shaken up a little bit."
Reynolds troubles did not begin with the bunt. He fouled a ball off the top of his right foot earlier in the game. He fouled a ball off of his left calf Monday.Reynolds has had better weeks, health-wise, but is fine baseball-wise. He was hitting .435 with 13 RBIs going into Tuesday's game, during which he went 1-for-4 with a double before leaving. And the D-backs are rolling. Their win streak has reached six. But more impressive is how Arizona is getting it done -- help is coming from everywhere. Micah Owings followed up his first career complete game with another gem, shutting down the Phillies over five innings, his short start a result of being monitored closely by manager Bob Melvin. Owings allowed a two-out run in the second, but was otherwise locked in. And the D-backs lineup continues to produce from top to bottom. Every Arizona hitter had a hit by the third inning except Owings, who legged out a triple in the top of the sixth before being taken out. "I didn't mean to show off," Owings said. "But I had to turn it on." He left with a comfortable lead after the D-backs struck early for the second consecutive game. He threw 107 pitches. He tossed 118 times during his complete game against Houston on May 24. "It's definitely not how I planned it," Owings said. "But what a great team win all around." The 24-year-old's outing came on the heels of Doug Davis' best outing of the season. On Monday, the decision to pull the starter early almost cost Arizona. That wasn't the case Tuesday. The D-backs needed all of one inning to solve Phillies starter Jon Lieber on Tuesday before teeing off. Arizona sent 10 batters to the plate that inning, five of whom scored to give Owings an early gift. Conor Jackson had an RBI double in the inning, his fifth run driven in of the series, and Orlando Hudson added a two-RBI single. Five more runs in the eighth ensured the series win. "We keep swinging," Melvin said. "Tonight was basically two innings." The situation became sticky after Owings left, and the D-backs faced the possibility of being without another rising star for a while. Medders breezed through the sixth inning but got off to a bad start by colliding into Reynolds. Bourn reached first on the play and later scored on a base hit along with Shane Victorino. But the runs didn't hurt the D-backs, who continue to play as if they have nothing to lose. Reynolds is Exhibit A. Melvin said he was already leaning toward holding Reynolds out tomorrow. "I'm going to try to talk him out of it," said Reynolds, who minutes before had iced his calf, foot and neck. "We got a lefty [Jamie Moyer] going tomorrow. I've been pretty good off them."
Stephen Fastenau is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.