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Diamondbacks 5, Astros 1

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PHOENIX -- When the Arizona Diamondbacks extended Brandon Webb's contract through 2009 last winter, they expected Webb to be their ace.

Webb had pitched well in his first two starts but did not earn a decision. And the Diamondbacks lost both games.

He pitched like a No. 1 starter Friday night, throwing eight strong innings to lead the Diamondbacks over Houston 5-1.

"The team obviously needed a win there as well," said Webb (1-0), who allowed one run and seven hits with three strikeouts and no walks. "That was a big win for us, to get the bullpen a little bit of rest. To get that one under my belt feels pretty good."

Webb outdueled Andy Pettitte (1-2), who gave up two earned runs in six innings.

Webb, who led the Diamondbacks with 14 victories last season, had his sinker working from the start. He retired the game's first batter, Craig Biggio, on a bouncer to the mound, and set down 16 batters on groundouts.

"I was pretty consistent with it, keeping it down," Webb said.

Webb allowed seven hits in the first four innings. But he bore down after Adam Everett's run-scoring double in the fourth, retiring his last 13 batters.

"He worked ahead, threw a lot of strikes," said Houston's Jason Lane, who had two singles. "He's got a good sinker, a lot of movement on the ball. He gets a lot of ground balls, so to score on him you've got to string a few hits together, and we weren't able to do that."

Arizona manager Bob Melvin said Webb's strong finish showed that he's maturing. "He's a little wiser, able to step back and make adjustments more on the fly," Melvin said.

Webb, a career .097 hitter, also helped himself at the plate, driving in the game's first run with a grounder.

That run came in the second inning, when the Diamondbacks took the lead without a base hit. Damion Easley reached on an error by Biggio at second base. Orlando Hudson then bounced to Pettitte, whose throw to second was too late to nail Easley.

Easley advanced to third on a fielder's choice and scored on Webb's groundout.

After Houston tied it on Everett's two-out double in the fourth, Arizona went ahead for good in the bottom of the inning. Hudson and Chris Snyder both singled and advanced on Webb's sacrifice bunt. Craig Counsell drove in Hudson with a groundout.

It was another example of the small-ball style the Diamondbacks have been forced to play in the first two weeks. Arizona came into play Friday batting a National League-worst .231 as a team. The Diamondbacks' .314 on-base percentage was tied for 14th in the league.

Arizona made it 3-1 in the sixth. After hitting a drive off the top of the left-field wall, Hudson pulled into second base with an apparent double. But third base umpire Tim Welke signaled a home run, and Hudson jogged around the bases.

After the Astros protested, the umpires met, then called Hudson out of the dugout and sent him back to second. According to Chase Field rules, a ball hitting the yellow line atop the fence is in play.

"To their credit, they got it right," said Melvin, who initially argued the call.

As fans booed the reversal, Snyder doubled in Hudson.

Conor Jackson finished the scoring with a two-run homer in the seventh, his second.

Notes

Easley made his eighth career outfield appearance when he started in right field. It was his fifth career start as an outfielder and the first since Oct. 1, 2004, with Florida. ... Diamondbacks relievers have stranded all eight of their inherited runners this year. ... Houston's Willie Taveras extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single in the third inning.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

E. Bruntlett
AB 0
R 0
H 0
HR 0
RBI 0
Arizona

C. Jackson
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Houston Astros
Craig Biggio, 2B4000000 .231
Willy Taveras, CF4010000 .293
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Lance Berkman, 1B4010000 .333
Morgan Ensberg, 3B4010010 .355
Preston Wilson, LF4000012 .250
Jason Lane, RF4120010 .182
Brad Ausmus, C3010011 .269
Adam Everett, SS3011001 .219
Andy Pettitte, P2000003 .200
   a- Orlando Palmeiro, PH1000010 .000
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
    Chris Burke, CF0000000 .250
Totals33171057 
a-struck out for Pettitte in the 7th
Batting
2B - Morgan Ensberg (3, Webb), Adam Everett (1, Webb)
RBI - Adam Everett (4)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Everett (3)
CS - Willy Taveras (1, 2nd base by Webb/Snyder)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Everett-Biggio-Berkman
E - Craig Biggio (1, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
Andy Pettitte (L,1-2) 6732230 6.35
Trever Miller 0.2222111 10.13
Russ Springer 0.1000010 0.00
Brad Lidge 1000120 1.80
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 108-64, Trever Miller 28-15, Russ Springer 5-3, Brad Lidge 19-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 14-2, Trever Miller 1-0, Brad Lidge 1-0
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 28, Trever Miller 5, Russ Springer 1, Brad Lidge 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, SS4001122 .303
Eric Byrnes, CF5010004 .250
Chad Tracy, 3B4010020 .324
Luis Gonzalez, LF2100200 .216
Conor Jackson, 1B4122001 .320
Damion Easley, RF4110001 .278
    Shawn Green, RF0000000 .111
Orlando Hudson, 2B4220011 .237
Chris Snyder, C3021101 .385
Brandon Webb, P2001011 .000
   a- Andy Green, PH1000011 .167
    Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
Totals335954712 
a-struck out for Webb in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chad Tracy (2, Pettitte), Damion Easley (2, Miller), Orlando Hudson (2, Pettitte), Chris Snyder (2, Pettitte)
HR - Conor Jackson (2, Miller)
SH - Brandon Webb (2)
RBI - Craig Counsell (6), Conor Jackson 2 (7), Chris Snyder (8), Brandon Webb (1)
2-OUT RBI - Conor Jackson 2 (5)
Team LOB - 9
Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Webb (W,1-0) 8711030 2.14
Jose Valverde 1000020 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Webb 105-65, Jose Valverde 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Webb 16-4, Jose Valverde 1-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Webb 30, Jose Valverde 3
Game Information
Attendance - 24512
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Bill Welke