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D-Backs' Webb weaves way through Rockies lineup

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DENVER -- The bullpen thin after a blowout loss and closer Brandon Lyon in need of another day off, the Arizona Diamondbacks needed a strong outing from Brandon Webb.

He gave them just that.

Webb pitched eight innings to remain unbeaten, and Chris Snyder had three RBI to help the Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 10-4 on Saturday night.

Arizona used three relievers for extended innings in an 18-3 loss to the Rockies on Friday night and manager Bob Melvin was hoping to give Lyon another day of rest after he pitched three straight games.

His sinkerball diving all over, Webb (5-0) gave the Diamondbacks the breathing room they needed, getting 13 groundball outs and seven strikeouts to become the NL's fifth five-game winner.

"Man, we needed him. That was big for us for him to go eight," Melvin said. "We were limited in our bullpen with the Lyon thing and things like that, so that was huge for us."

It certainly helped that the Diamondbacks staked him to a big early lead, reaching Rockies starter Jamey Wright (2-3) for four runs in the first inning and three more in the third. Arizona finished with a season high in runs and had 12 hits after the rout the night before.

"For us to score four runs in the first was a big help for sure," Webb said.

Webb pitched well with the lead, allowing one hit through the first three innings before Colorado got a run in the fourth on Preston Wilson's RBI double. The Rockies cut the lead to 7-3 in the fifth on Todd Helton's run-scoring single and a wild pitch that allowed Clint Barmes to score from third.

Helton added a solo homer in the eighth inning, his fifth, but it only cut Arizona's lead to 10-4. Webb was lifted for a pinch hitter in the ninth after giving up nine hits and four runs.

Helton finished 3-for-3 and is 10-for-14 the past four games, but the rest of the Rockies had six hits.

Wright didn't help either. He has been either really good or really bad, allowing one earned run in three starts and at least six in his three others.

This was a bad night.

Wright lasted six innings, but gave up seven runs -- four earned -- on eight hits and walked five. It really wasn't that much of a surprise considering how much Wright has struggled at Coors Field -- 14-18 with a 6.90 ERA.

"It really nags at me right now," Wright said. "Maybe I need to go stay in a hotel the night before the game, order some room service or whatever. I just need to do something different. I have good stuff here and make good pitches, it's just one inning that is hurting me and I have to minimize the damage."

The trouble started right away.

Craig Counsell lined Wright's first pitch to right for a double and Chad Tracy hit a hard single two pitches later. Troy Glaus then knocked in a run with a groundout and Shawn Green followed with a run-scoring double.

After an intentional walk to Jose Cruz Jr. and an unintentional one to Royce Clayton, who had one hit in his previous 20 at-bats, Snyder lined a two-run single to right-center to put Arizona up 4-0.

An ugly third inning led to three more runs.

Green started it with a single, then Helton was charged with his first error of the season on a wide throw to second. Wright balked both runners over and Snyder drove in his third run with a single to center.

Catcher J.D. Closser then threw wide to second on Webb's sacrifice bunt to allow another run in, and Barmes compounded the mistake by throwing into the camera well next to Colorado's dugout for a third error. Tracy made it 7-0 on a groundout before Wright finally struck out Glaus to end the inning.

"I talk about the emotional pendulum that we can't get involved with," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "On defense, we get excitable at times, trying to make plays that aren't there. And that comes with experience. In the big inning, they were given outs all over the place and we didn't take them."

Arizona added two runs off Blaine Neal in the seventh inning on an RBI double by Tracy and Luis Gonzalez's run-scoring single. Cruz's RBI single off David Cortes in the eighth inning made it 10-3.

Notes

  • Counsell was replaced by Alex Cintron in the fifth inning after getting hit on the knee by a pitch in the fourth. X-rays were negative and Melvin said it's possible he could play on Saturday.
  • Barmes extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the fifth inning.
 
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Brandon Webb thanks Shawn Green and Jose Cruz for their support during the D-Backs' four-run first.  (AP)
Brandon Webb thanks Shawn Green and Jose Cruz for their support during the D-Backs' four-run first. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

T. Helton
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Arizona

C. Snyder
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, 2B2110000 .291
   a- Alex Cintron, PH-2B3110001 .269
Chad Tracy, 1B6222012 .275
Luis Gonzalez, LF4021103 .314
Troy Glaus, 3B4101114 .281
Shawn Green, RF5131000 .259
Jose Cruz Jr., CF3211200 .323
    Mike Koplove, P0000000 .000
Royce Clayton, SS4100122 .210
Chris Snyder, C3123201 .256
Brandon Webb, P4000034 .000
   b- Luis Terrero, PH-CF1000010 .214
Totals39101297817 
a-singled for Counsell in the 5th
b-struck out for Webb in the 9th
Batting
2B - Craig Counsell (10, Wright), Chad Tracy (6, Neal), Shawn Green (6, Wright)
RBI - Chad Tracy 2 (22), Luis Gonzalez (25), Troy Glaus (29), Shawn Green (19), Jose Cruz Jr. (10), Chris Snyder 3 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Chad Tracy (6), Luis Gonzalez (11), Shawn Green (9), Chris Snyder 2 (5)
Team LOB - 10
Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Webb (W,5-0) 8944171 3.48
Mike Koplove 1000120 5.03
WP - Brandon Webb 2 (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Webb 118-75, Mike Koplove 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Webb 14-3
Batters Faced - Brandon Webb 34, Mike Koplove 4
Colorado Rockies
Clint Barmes, SS5110001 .393
Aaron Miles, 2B5120011 .303
Todd Helton, 1B3232100 .339
Preston Wilson, CF4011010 .240
Bradley Hawpe, RF4010014 .315
Matt Holliday, LF4010001 .278
Garrett Atkins, 3B4000011 .250
J.D. Closser, C4000032 .181
Jamey Wright, P2000010 .267
    Blaine Neal, P0000000 .000
   a- Cory Sullivan, PH1000010 .305
    David Cortes, P0000000 .000
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
   b- Desi Relaford, PH0000100 .275
Totals364932910 
a-struck out for Neal in the 7th
b-walked for Fuentes in the 9th
Batting
2B - Preston Wilson (6, Webb)
3B - Bradley Hawpe (2, Webb)
HR - Todd Helton (5, Webb)
RBI - Todd Helton 2 (18), Preston Wilson (20)
SB - Aaron Miles (2, 2nd base off Webb/Snyder)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Bradley Hawpe 2
E - Clint Barmes (7, Wild throw by Closser Webb to second, Snyder to third on wild throw by Barmes), J.D. Closser (1, Wild throw by Closser Webb to second, Snyder to third on wild throw by Barmes), Todd Helton (1, Wild throw)
Colorado Rockies
Jamey Wright (L,2-3) 6874540 6.31
Blaine Neal 1222110 10.00
David Cortes 1211110 9.00
Brian Fuentes 1000020 2.81
IBB - Cruz by Jamey Wright
HBP - Counsell (by Jamey Wright)
WP - David Cortes (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jamey Wright 112-71, Blaine Neal 23-13, David Cortes 19-11, Brian Fuentes 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamey Wright 11-5, Blaine Neal 1-0, Brian Fuentes 1-0
Batters Faced - Jamey Wright 34, Blaine Neal 5, David Cortes 5, Brian Fuentes 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23367
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Larry Young