Milwaukee right-hander Marco Estrada thought he had found a way through Chris Owings, the National League's top rookie hitter.

The first two times through the order on Tuesday night, Estrada threw high fastballs past Owings for a swinging strike three. Fool me twice ...

In the sixth inning, Owings lined the same high fastball into the left-field seats at Miller Park as the Diamondbacks chipped away from a three-run deficit for a 7-5 victory. Like the rest of the league, Estrada found out just how quickly Owings has adjusted to life in the major leagues.

After beating out Didi Gregorius for the starting shortstop position this spring, Owings carried that into his first full month in the majors when he was named the NL Rookie of the Month for March/April.

Owings, hitting .298 with six doubles and four stolen bases, leads NL rookies with 31 hits, trailing only Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (37) as the top rookies hitters prepare to a meet in a three-game series at US Cellular Field this weekend.

According to, Owings, 22, has the highest WAR (wins above replacement) among rookies (1.1), higher than even Abreu (0.9), who has hit 12 home runs.