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All-Star duel is all Webb as D-Backs battle back to .500

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PHOENIX -- As his Arizona Diamondbacks hammered the Milwaukee Brewers 8-1 Saturday night, manager Bob Melvin allowed himself to peek at the out-of-town scoreboard.

He liked what he saw. NL West leader San Diego lost. So did Los Angeles, San Francisco and Colorado.

"Not that I was looking at the scoreboard, which I usually don't. I didn't notice that our division lost all across the board," Melvin said sarcastically.

That left the surging Diamondbacks in fourth place, three games behind the Padres. After staggering to an 8-20 record in June, Arizona has won five straight and is poised to sweep a series for the third consecutive weekend. Four games separate the five teams in the NL West.

Saturday night's victory over the Brewers, who have lost five straight, was almost too easy. With Brandon Webb (10-3) outdueling Chris Capuano (10-5) in a showdown of All-Star pitchers, Arizona first baseman Conor Jackson homered twice as the Diamondbacks reached .500 (45-45) for the first time since June 21.

"We know what we're capable of," Jackson said. "We knew that June was a fluke for us. We started off (the season) hot, and I think we're getting right back on track."

The game was billed as a faceoff of All-Stars who came up together through the Diamondbacks' farm system. Arizona dealt Capuano to Milwaukee in 2003 as part of a multiplayer deal for Richie Sexson, who played 23 games for the Diamondbacks.

Webb and Capuano rank among the NL leaders in wins, winning percentage, ERA, innings pitched and shutouts.

But the hyped matchup didn't live up to its billing as the Diamondbacks jumped on Capuano, who hadn't lost in seven starts. Only Webb looked like an All-Star on this night, trimming his league-leading ERA to 2.52 by shutting out the Brewers on six hits in seven innings. Webb, who was lifted after 110 pitches, walked two and tied a season high with 10 strikeouts.

"My arm felt great," said Webb, who added that he relied more on breaking balls than his trademark sinker. "To get runs early, especially off Cappy, who's having a great year, it definitely makes a starter's job easier."

Since giving up a season-high seven runs to Seattle on June 27, Webb has yielded two runs in his last three starts, a span of 23 innings. And that doesn't count Webb's inning in the All-Star Game, when he retired Derek Jeter, David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez.

Capuano (10-5) lasted only 3 2/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. He allowed eight runs -- five earned -- and 10 hits.

"I never really could get in a rhythm out there," Capuano said. "I had real trouble locating the ball."

Capuano was in trouble from the first batter, surrendering a leadoff double down the left field line to Eric Byrnes, who scored on Luis Gonzalez double down the right field line one out later.

In the second, Capuano gave up three runs but all were unearned. Third baseman Jeff Cirillo's throwing error allowed one run to score and set the stage for two-out RBI singles by Damion Easley and Gonzalez, putting the Brewers in a 4-0 hole.

In the third, Capuano gave up a leadoff home run to Jackson into the bullpen down the left field line. One inning later, Jackson homered again, this time into the left field seats with a man aboard to make it 7-0. It was Jackson's second career multihomer game.

Johnny Estrada followed with his eighth home run to chase Capuano.

"To their credit, they were swinging the bats well and hit a lot of my mistakes," Capuano said.

The loss dropped Milwaukee eight games behind St. Louis in the NL Central, but manager Ned Yost said his team could only worry about salvaging the final game of this series.

"You can't bury your head in the sand," he said. "You get after it again tomorrow."

Notes

  • It was Arizona's first game without shortstop and leadoff man Craig Counsell, expected to miss three-to-six weeks with a broken rib. Byrnes replaced Counsell at the top of the order and started the first and fourth innings with doubles.
  • Stephen Drew, the Diamondbacks' first-round pick in the 2004 draft, made his major league debut at shortstop, going 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
  • Jackson struck out looking in the first inning, the third straight at-bat he was called out on strikes. He homered in his next two at-bats.
  • Webb made his 116th start. He's third on Arizona's career list, behind Randy Johnson (192) and Brian Anderson (129).
  • Milwaukee OF Tony Gwynn Jr., the son of former San Diego star Tony Gwynn, made his major league debut. He grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning.
  • Gonzalez' two doubles gave him 522 for his career, tying Ed Delahanty for 33rd on baseball's career list.
  • Arizona C Johnny Estrada doubled in the third inning to stretch his career-best hitting streak to 10 games.
  • Arizona is 33-29 against the Brewers, including 17-15 at home.
 
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Johnny Estrada's fourth-inning homer is the end of the road for Brewers All-Star Chris Capuano.  (AP)
Johnny Estrada's fourth-inning homer is the end of the road for Brewers All-Star Chris Capuano. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

C. Jackson
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Arizona

B. Webb
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 2
K 10
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Gabe Gross, CF3010121 .256
Jeff Cirillo, 3B4000023 .328
Geoff Jenkins, RF3110122 .267
Carlos Lee, LF4031000 .292
Prince Fielder, 1B4010013 .265
Bill Hall, SS2000012 .261
    Geremi Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
   a- Anthony Gwynn, PH1000002 .000
    Dana Eveland, P0000000 .000
   b- Corey Hart, PH1000001 .320
    Dan Kolb, P0000000 .000
Damian Miller, C4000012 .263
Chris Barnwell, 2B-SS4000020 .118
Chris Capuano, P1010000 .128
    Rickie Weeks, 2B3010020 .278
Totals3418121316 
a-grounded out for Gonzalez in the 6th
b-popped out for Eveland in the 8th
Batting
2B - Geoff Jenkins (21, Lyon)
RBI - Carlos Lee (74)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Lee 1
DP - Hall-Fielder, Weeks-Barnwell-Fielder
E - Jeff Cirillo (1, Wild throw), Prince Fielder (5, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Capuano (L,10-5) 3.21085113 3.46
Geremi Gonzalez 1.1000100 4.74
Dana Eveland 2200040 8.13
Dan Kolb 1100000 6.07
HBP - Easley (by Chris Capuano)
WP - Dana Eveland (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 95-54, Geremi Gonzalez 21-11, Dana Eveland 22-18, Dan Kolb 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 5-5, Geremi Gonzalez 2-2, Dana Eveland 2-0, Dan Kolb 2-0
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 23, Geremi Gonzalez 5, Dana Eveland 8, Dan Kolb 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Eric Byrnes, CF5220003 .293
Damion Easley, 3B4021011 .240
Luis Gonzalez, LF5032002 .267
Conor Jackson, 1B4223012 .272
Johnny Estrada, C4121012 .321
Shawn Green, RF4010001 .301
Orlando Hudson, 2B4110000 .259
Stephen Drew, SS3100112 .000
Brandon Webb, P1100102 .163
   a- Andy Green, PH1000011 .203
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
    Edgar Gonzalez, P0000000 .500
Totals3581372516 
a-struck out for Webb in the 7th
Batting
2B - Eric Byrnes 2 (25, Capuano, Capuano), Luis Gonzalez 2 (27, Capuano, Eveland), Johnny Estrada (19, Capuano)
HR - Conor Jackson 2 (8, Capuano, Capuano), Johnny Estrada (8, Capuano)
SH - Brandon Webb (5)
RBI - Damion Easley (23), Luis Gonzalez 2 (41), Conor Jackson 3 (46), Johnny Estrada (48)
2-OUT RBI - Damion Easley (8), Luis Gonzalez (14), Conor Jackson 2 (18), Johnny Estrada (19)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Easley-Hudson-Jackson
Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Webb (W,10-3) 76002100 2.52
Brandon Lyon 1211020 4.71
Edgar Gonzalez 1000010 6.48
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Webb 110-74, Brandon Lyon 18-14, Edgar Gonzalez 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Webb 5-5, Edgar Gonzalez 1-1
Batters Faced - Brandon Webb 28, Brandon Lyon 5, Edgar Gonzalez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26318
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Ed Montague, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Marvin Hudson