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It's been almost two years since the Arizona Diamondbacks won five straight games.

The surging Diamondbacks hope to accomplish that feat Saturday night against the Minnesota Twins at Chase Field.

Twice in 2010 Arizona won a season-high four straight games. The Diamondbacks (21-23) won their fourth straight and sixth in seven games, 8-7 over Minnesota on Friday. Arizona has not won five in a row since Aug. 27-31, 2009.

Each of the Diamondbacks' last three games have been decided by one run.

Ryan Roberts hit a three-run double and Stephen Drew homered for the Diamondbacks, who held off a late Twins rally. Rookie Joe Paterson, who set a Diamondbacks record by not allowing a run in the first 19 appearances of his major league career, got the final out with the bases loaded for his first save.

Drew is batting .313 (5 for 16) against the Twins, who had their three-game winning streak against the Diamondbacks end Friday.

Arizona will call up Micah Owings from Triple-A Reno to take the mound in his 2011 debut Saturday.

Owings, who went 14-17 with a 4.88 ERA in 45 starts for the Diamondbacks before being traded to Cincinnati in 2008, was signed to a minor league deal by Arizona after going 3-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 22 relief appearances for the Reds in 2010.

The right-hander was 3-1 with a 4.85 ERA at Reno.

"I know Micah's experience, and how much of a competitor he is," manager Kirk Gibson told the Diamondbacks' official website. "Ultimately, I think experience had a lot to do with (the decision to bring him up)."

Owings allowed three runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 6-1 loss in his only appearance versus Minnesota on June 21, 2008.

The Twins (15-28) look to bounce back after their overall three-game winning streak was snapped hours after attending the funeral for Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew at a suburban north Phoenix church.

Michael Cuddyer and Trevor Plouffe each homered as the Twins scored more than five runs in consecutive games for the first time this season. They scored a season high in Thursday's 11-1 win at Oakland.

Cuddyer, three hits shy of becoming the 14th player in franchise history to reach 1,000, has hit .423 with two homers and six RBIs in his last seven games.

"I think our hitting is starting to click so I think it's up to our pitchers to keep things in check," Friday's starter Brian Duensing said.

Scott Baker (2-3, 3.99 ERA) looks to do that and bounce back after a pair of subpar outings when he takes the ball for the Twins.

The right-hander has allowed nine runs in 10 1-3 innings to go 0-1 in his last two starts following a stretch where he gave up five while going 2-0 in his previous four. Baker surrendered four runs over six innings of a 5-2 loss at Seattle on Monday.

"(It's) still a little frustrating because I felt like I beat myself, instead of them beating me," Baker said.

Baker was much better in his only start against Arizona when he allowed a solo homer and struck out seven in six innings of a 7-2 home win June 20, 2008.

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