In his second start for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Jason Marquis struggled again. Luckily for him, Micah Owings and Justin Upton came to the rescue as Arizona rallied from down 7-1 to defeat the Houston Astros 11-9. Upton's two-run homer in the sixth inning gave them the lead to complete the comeback and Owings allowed only one run in three innings of relief.
Marquis gave a pair of homers in the third inning to J.D. Martinez and Brian Bogusevic. His defense behind him also let him down as both Justin Upton and Willie Bloomquist committed errors, leading to three of Marquis' seven runs allowed being unearned.
The Arizona bats finally came alive, though. Upton drove in four runs on three hits, with two of the biggest hits of the game -- a bases loaded double to bring the team within two runs and the homer that gave the team the lead at 9-7. Gerardo Parra had four hits. Miguel Montero had three and Willie Bloomquist had a pair.
Houston tried to rally in the eighth, loading the bases against set-up man David Hernandez, but Bogusevic struck out to end the inning and the threat.
Ryan Roberts and Kelly Johnson drove in insurance runs in the eighth to get the lead to 11-8 and J.J. Putz closed out the game for the save, his 27th of the year, although he did allow a run.
Owings picked up the win, his sixth on the season without a loss. Houston's Wilton Lopez took the loss, falling to 2-5.
The four game series continues Wednesday at 6:40 PM.
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