CHICAGO -- Brad Halsey is not as intense as the pitcher he replaced, and his manager thinks that is one of his strengths.
The rookie left-hander, acquired in a trade that sent Randy Johnson to the New York Yankees during the offseason, pitched six innings of four-hit ball to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Chicago Cubs 6-0.
Luis Gonzalez and Chad Tracy for Arizona, which has won two straight games by shutout and has not allowed a run in its last 19 innings.
Halsey (7-7) threw 48 of his 73 pitches for strikes and won his third straight decision by striking out two and allowing just one intentional walk.
"He's a calm cucumber out there," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "Nothing seems to bother him out there. At times I don't know what's going on inside of him, but on the outside nothing bothers him and the other team notices that."
Jerry Hairston sacrificed Gerut to third and Ronny Cedeno struck out. Halsey intentionally walked NL batting leader Derrek Lee, then hit Aramis Ramirez with a pitch to load the bases before he got Michael Barrett to hit into a force.
"I'm just commanding my fastball better and gaining confidence with each outing," Halsey said. "I just try to go out there and figure out what works for me. I know that being aggressive and getting ahead of hitters is the way I have to pitch to be successful."
"You're always looking for timely hits, as many hits as you can get and good pitching," Tracy said. "Halsey kept up his end of the deal and we hit the ball well, too."
Jerome Williams (3-4) allowed one run and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking four. He made his sixth start with the Cubs since being acquired from San Francisco on May 28.
He allowed Tracy's solo homer in the second, then pitched out of trouble until he loaded the bases in the sixth and was replaced by Will Ohman.
Ohman forced Green at the plate on Halsey's bunt and got Craig Counsell to ground out to end the inning, but allowed Gonzalez's two-run homer, his 13th, in the seventh to make it 3-0.
"We were in trouble all day and it's hard to keep getting out of trouble," Chicago manager Dusty Baker said. "It seemed like they had a lot of doubles and we issued quite a few walks, but we didn't score either on Halsey."
|Arizona's Brad Halsey tosses six solid innings and gives up just four hits to earn the win. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Craig Counsell, 2B||5||0||0||0||1||0||3||.263|
|Chad Tracy, RF||3||1||2||1||1||1||0||.298|
|Luis Terrero, PR-CF||2||1||1||2||0||1||0||.253|
|Luis Gonzalez, LF||5||1||3||2||1||1||3||.281|
|Troy Glaus, 3B||5||0||1||0||0||2||4||.251|
|Tony Clark, 1B||5||1||2||0||0||1||2||.330|
|Shawn Green, CF-RF||4||1||4||0||1||0||0||.293|
|Alex Cintron, SS||2||0||0||0||2||0||2||.268|
|Chris Snyder, C||3||0||0||0||2||3||7||.219|
|Brad Halsey, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||6||.075|
|a- Conor Jackson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.000|
|Tim Worrell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jose Valverde, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Quinton McCracken, PH||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.241|
|Greg Aquino, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-popped out for Halsey in the 7th|
|b-walked for Valverde in the 9th|
|2B - Chad Tracy (22, Williams), Luis Gonzalez (23, Remlinger), Tony Clark 2 (15, Williams, Wuertz)|
|3B - Shawn Green (4, Williams)|
|HR - Chad Tracy (14, Williams), Luis Gonzalez (13, Ohman)|
|SH - Alex Cintron (1)|
|RBI - Chad Tracy (41), Luis Terrero 2 (11), Luis Gonzalez 2 (55)|
|2-OUT RBI - Luis Terrero 2 (6)|
|SB - Luis Gonzalez (4, 3rd base off Williams/Barrett)|
|CS - Shawn Green (3, 3rd base by Williams/Barrett)|
|Team LOB - 15|
|DP - Cintron-Counsell-Clark|
|Brad Halsey (W,7-7)||6||4||0||0||1||2||0||3.81|
|Tim Worrell (H,4)||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||6.98|
|Jose Valverde (H,6)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||3.23|
|IBB - Lee by Brad Halsey|
|HBP - Ramirez (by Brad Halsey)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brad Halsey 73-48, Tim Worrell 13-8, Jose Valverde 11-9, Greg Aquino 15-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Halsey 10-5, Tim Worrell 1-1, Greg Aquino 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Brad Halsey 23, Tim Worrell 5, Jose Valverde 3, Greg Aquino 3|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||3||.272|
|Ronny Cedeno, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.240|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.364|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.309|
|Michael Barrett, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.272|
|Jeromy Burnitz, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.277|
|Neifi Perez, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.263|
|Matthew Murton, LF||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.483|
|Will Ohman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Glendon Rusch, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|a- Todd Hollandsworth, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.252|
|Mike Remlinger, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Michael Wuertz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jerome Williams, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.077|
|Jody Gerut, LF||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||.262|
|a-struck out for Rusch in the 7th|
|2B - Michael Barrett (19, Halsey), Jeromy Burnitz (23, Worrell), Jody Gerut (10, Halsey)|
|SH - Jerry Hairston Jr. (5), Neifi Perez (8), Jerome Williams (4)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Michael Barrett 2 (6, Wild throw)|
|Jerome Williams (L,3-4)||5.1||7||1||1||4||5||1||4.61|
|WP - Will Ohman (4), Michael Wuertz (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jerome Williams 120-70, Will Ohman 23-12, Glendon Rusch 17-11, Mike Remlinger 17-12, Michael Wuertz 34-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jerome Williams 6-4, Will Ohman 2-0, Michael Wuertz 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jerome Williams 26, Will Ohman 5, Glendon Rusch 5, Mike Remlinger 4, Michael Wuertz 8|
|Attendance - 39154|
|Game Time - 3:05|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Adam Dowdy, Third Base - Tim Timmons|