Arizona at Pittsburgh

W: B. Webb (6-0) L: D. Marte (0-2)
S: J. Valverde (10)
HR: ARI - None   PIT - None

Webb overcomes shaky start, improves to 6-0 for D-Backs

CBS wire reports

PITTSBURGH -- Jason Bay is all but promising the Pittsburgh Pirates have bottomed out in a season that couldn't have gone much worse. Brandon Webb must be wondering how much better it can get than this.

Webb withstood a shaky start to win his sixth in a row, Chad Tracy had four hits and Shawn Green drove in three runs to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 7-4 victory over the Pirates on Wednesday night.

Webb gave up three runs and 10 hits despite constantly being in trouble over six innings, but worked out of enough jams to improve to 6-0 in eight starts. He has the most victories of any unbeaten pitcher in the majors, never allowing more than three runs in any start during his streak.

"Tonight was the most I'd say he's gotten hit all year, and he still only gave up three runs," Green said. "He's our guy and we're trying to ride him every time he pitches."

Now comes the hard part for the right-handed Webb, who also was 6-0 last season before finishing 14-12. He has a 15-7 record in April and May during his career, but is 21-30 in other months.

"It definitely feels good to win your first six decisions -- and, hopefully, keep it rolling," Webb said.

So far, the Pirates have been bad no matter the day or month -- they fell to 10-25, 3-6 in May, while settling for a two-run first against Webb, then leaving the bases loaded and failing to score in what was shaping up to be a big third inning.

"But we're going to be better than we have been," said Bay, arguably the Pirates' most talented player and one who seems to be running out of patience with the losing. "We haven't been that good and we have to be better."

The Pirates did tie it at 3-3 in the sixth on the first of Jose Castillo's two RBI doubles. But Arizona retook the lead -- and made certain Webb finished with the decision -- when Green doubled and scored on Johnny Estrada's run-scoring single in the seventh against Damaso Marte (0-2).

The Diamondbacks pushed the lead to three runs in the eighth against Matt Capps on Green's two-run single, which came after Tracy doubled for his fourth hit. Arizona had 16 hits, but only three for extra bases.

"We found some holes," Tracy said. "I wouldn't say we hit it as hard as we'd like to, but they had some eyes on them and that's the way the ball rolls. If you find some holes, it can change the whole ballgame."

Arizona, winning its eighth in 10 games, took a 2-0 lead in the first when Pirates left-hander Paul Maholm allowed five consecutive runners to reach base. Conor Jackson had a run-scoring single ahead of Green's sacrifice fly.

Webb had not allowed more than two runs in any of his last three starts, but the Pirates quickly tied it in their half of the first on consecutive singles by Jose Bautista, Nate McLouth and Freddy Sanchez, with Sanchez driving in a run, ahead of Bay's double-play grounder.

Bay, an NL All-Star last year whose average is down to .252, also left runners on base in what became a pivotal third inning. After Bautista, McLouth and Sanchez again singled in succession, Bay struck out and Jeromy Burnitz -- whose average has dipped to .185 -- flew out to center.

"It wasn't my best game," Bay said.

Nor was it for Burnitz, who failed to run out a seemingly routine ground ball to second in the eighth inning. Orlando Hudson mishandled the ball but, because Burnitz wasn't very far down the line, recovered in time to throw him out.

Asked about Burnitz's lack of hustle, manager Jim Tracy said, "That wasn't why we lost the game."

Luis Vizcaino pitched a scoreless seventh inning for Arizona before Brandon Lyon gave up Castillo's RBI double in the eighth. Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 11 opportunities.


  • Webb has a 2.20 ERA during his winning streak. He is 2-0 in three career starts against Pittsburgh.
  • Green had three more hits, making him 27-of-58 (.466) during his last 15 games.
  • A night after the Pirates reached .500 at home for the first time this season, they lost there for the eighth time in 15 games.
  • Maholm gave up 10 hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings after yielding two runs in 13 innings in his previous two starts.
  • Arizona had dropped two in a row after winning seven in succession.
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Brandon Webb manages to give up just three runs despite yielding 10 hits, while striking out six.  (AP)
Brandon Webb manages to give up just three runs despite yielding 10 hits, while striking out six. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Castillo
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0

S. Green
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, SS6220022
Eric Byrnes, CF6130002
Chad Tracy, 3B4241200
Luis Gonzalez, LF3111304
Conor Jackson, 1B5011015
    Jose Valverde, P0000000
Shawn Green, RF4133000
Johnny Estrada, C5021005
Orlando Hudson, 2B4000125
Brandon Webb, P3000011
   a- Damion Easley, PH0000100
    Luis Vizcaino, P0000000
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000
   b- Andy Green, PH1000010
    Tony Clark, 1B0000000
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b-struck out for Lyon in the 9th
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SF - Shawn Green ()
RBI - Chad Tracy (), Luis Gonzalez (), Conor Jackson (), Shawn Green 3 (), Johnny Estrada ()
2-OUT RBI - Chad Tracy (), Luis Gonzalez ()
SB - Eric Byrnes (, 3rd base off Maholm/Paulino), Chad Tracy (, 2nd base off Maholm/Paulino)
CS - Orlando Hudson (, 2nd base by Maholm/Paulino)
Team LOB - 16
DP - Counsell-Hudson-Jackson
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Luis Vizcaino (H,) 1000130
Brandon Lyon (H,) 1211010
Jose Valverde (S,) 1100110
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Webb 99-61, Luis Vizcaino 28-16, Brandon Lyon 19-13, Jose Valverde 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Webb 9-2, Brandon Lyon 1-1
Batters Faced - Brandon Webb 27, Luis Vizcaino 4, Brandon Lyon 5, Jose Valverde 5
Pittsburgh Pirates
Jose Bautista, 3B5120020
Nate McLouth, CF4130110
Freddy Sanchez, SS4021102
Jason Bay, LF5010035
Jeromy Burnitz, RF5000015
Ronny Paulino, C4220010
Jose Hernandez, 1B4000001
Jose Castillo, 2B4032000
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    John Grabow, P0000000
   a- Jack Wilson, PH1000001
    Damaso Marte, P0000000
    Matt Capps, P0000000
   b- Ryan Doumit, PH1000011
    Salomon Torres, P0000000
a-grounded out for Grabow in the 6th
b-struck out for Capps in the 8th
2B - Nate McLouth (, Webb), Jose Castillo 2 (, Webb, Lyon)
RBI - Freddy Sanchez (), Jose Castillo 2 ()
2-OUT RBI - Jose Castillo 2 ()
SB - Nate McLouth (, 2nd base off Webb/Estrada)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Maholm-F. Sanchez-Hernandez
E - Jose Hernandez (, Missed catch)
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John Grabow 0.1000000
Damaso Marte (L,-) 0.2211010
Matt Capps 1.1222220
Salomon Torres 1211110
IBB - Gonzalez by Matt Capps
HBP - Jackson (by Matt Capps)
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 8-5, John Grabow 1-0, Matt Capps 1-1
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 30, John Grabow 1, Damaso Marte 4, Matt Capps 9, Salomon Torres 6
Game Information
Attendance - 14509
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Larry Young, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez