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Grieving Webb ties for NL lead with 14th victory

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHOENIX -- This one, Brandon Webb said, was for "Hook."

Pitching one day after the death of close friend Jon Hooker in a Kentucky plane crash, Webb scattered six hits over 7 1/3 innings and helped the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 7-4 Monday night.

Hooker, Webb's roommate and teammate at the University of Kentucky, was among 49 people killed in the crash of commuter jet in Lexington on Sunday. Hooker was married the previous night to Scarlett Parsley, also killed in the crash.

"I'm sure people do it all the time when tragedy happens like that, you try to do it for them, for the person," Webb said. "I think that's what kind of motivated me and got me through it."

Webb said he never thought about skipping the start.

"I always knew I'd pitch. I had no doubt about it," he said. "Knowing Hook, I'm sure he'd want me to do it, too."

Right up until the time he took the mound, Webb said the crash was on his mind.

"As bad as the situation was," he said, "for him to just be married a few hours beforehand makes it that much tougher."

With the loss and Los Angeles' 6-5 victory over Cincinnati, the second-place Padres fell three games behind the Dodgers in the NL West while Arizona remained five back. San Diego stayed a half-game behind the Reds in the wild-card race, with the Diamondbacks 2½ out.

Webb gave up three runs, striking out three and walking four. With his sinking fastball, he induced 17 outs on grounders, getting three double plays.

"I thought we were overly aggressive in a couple of situations and played into his hands a little bit there and got the double plays," San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. "We really let the game get out of hand. The double plays killed us all night."

Webb helped himself with a two-run double in the second.

"With everything Brandon Webb's going through, he did an outstanding job," Padres starter Woody Williams said. "He showed a lot of composure. I'm sure his teammates have that much more respect for him now that he was able to go out there and do what he did."

Arizona turned four double plays in all.

Eric Byrnes, moved from leadoff to cleanup in the Arizona batting order, was 4-for-5 and drove in four runs with a homer, two doubles and single.

"The story of tonight is Brandon Webb," Byrnes said, "and the way he was able to go out there and pitch a typical 'Webby' game. Our hearts and prayers are out to his friend and his family. You want to talk about bringing things into perspective. It really bring things back to reality."

Webb (14-5) tied Chicago's Carlos Zambrano and Los Angeles' Brad Penny for most victories in the NL. He left to a standing ovation with runners on first and third and one out in the eighth.

"Once you go out there and play the game, you're in your game mode. You can't think about outside stuff," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. "Everybody hurt for him, yet when they took the field, it's all business."

Russell Branyan homered twice for his first hits since joining the Padres last week and also had a sacrifice fly. Dave Roberts was 3-for-4 for San Diego, which has lost three of four.

Byrnes and Johnny Estrada homered on consecutive pitches from Williams (7-5) in the third inning. Byrnes also had an RBI double in the fourth and a two-run double in the sixth.

Williams, who had won his previous three decisions, gave up five runs and a season-high 11 hits in five innings.

San Diego loaded the bases with no outs in the second but came away with only one run. After Branyan's sacrifice fly, Geoff Blum grounded to second, and second baseman Orlando Hudson threw out Josh Bard trying to score from third. Williams hit an inning-ending groundout.

In the third, Byrnes tied his career high with his 20th home run, a solo shot to left on the first pitch from Williams, then Estrada made it 4-1 with his 11th homer, a drive to right-center.

Craig Counsell doubled with one out in the fourth, moved to third on Hudson's single, and scored on Byrnes' double.

Reliever Doug Brocail walked Counsell and Hudson starting the sixth, and Byrnes doubled them home.

Notes

  • Webb's nine RBI are a club record for a pitcher. Randy Johnson had eight RBI twice, in 2000 and 2002.
  • The Diamondbacks have turned 146 double plays, most in the majors.
  • Every Arizona starter had a base hit by the fifth inning.
  • Williams allowed two runs and four hits in a victory over the Diamondbacks two starts ago.
 
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Brandon Webb allows six hits and three earned runs to collect his 14th victory this season.  (AP)
Brandon Webb allows six hits and three earned runs to collect his 14th victory this season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

E. Byrnes
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 4
San Diego

R. Branyan
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
 

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San Diego Padres
Dave Roberts, LF4130001 .307
Brian Giles, RF3000101 .266
Todd Walker, 2B4011001 .280
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4110012 .294
Josh Bard, C2000200 .324
Mike Cameron, CF3000111 .268
Russell Branyan, 3B3223010 .207
Geoff Blum, SS4010000 .263
Woody Williams, P2000013 .125
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .000
   a- Rob Bowen, PH1000000 .247
    Jon Adkins, P0000000 .000
Totals30484449 
a-grounded out for Brocail in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adrian Gonzalez (30, Webb)
3B - Dave Roberts (10, Webb)
HR - Russell Branyan 2 (14, Webb, Julio)
SF - Russell Branyan (3)
RBI - Todd Walker (45), Russell Branyan 3 (30)
2-OUT RBI - Russell Branyan 2 (13)
SB - Mike Cameron (20, 2nd base off Webb/Estrada)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Brocail-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
Woody Williams (L,7-5) 51155112 3.85
Doug Brocail 2222210 4.94
Jon Adkins 1000110 3.47
Pitches-Strikes - Woody Williams 106-74, Doug Brocail 35-18, Jon Adkins 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Woody Williams 6-8, Doug Brocail 1-3, Jon Adkins 1-1
Batters Faced - Woody Williams 27, Doug Brocail 9, Jon Adkins 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, SS4210101 .274
Orlando Hudson, 2B3110201 .288
Luis Gonzalez, LF5010002 .280
    Chris Young, CF0000000 .308
Eric Byrnes, CF-LF5144011 .280
Johnny Estrada, C4111005 .308
Conor Jackson, 1B4110001 .281
Chad Tracy, 3B3120100 .280
Carlos Quentin, RF4010002 .238
Brandon Webb, P4012021 .150
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
Totals3671374314 
Batting
2B - Craig Counsell (13, Williams), Eric Byrnes 2 (33, Williams, Brocail), Brandon Webb (2, Williams)
3B - Carlos Quentin (2, Williams)
HR - Eric Byrnes (20, Williams), Johnny Estrada (11, Williams)
RBI - Eric Byrnes 4 (60), Johnny Estrada (64), Brandon Webb 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Byrnes (30)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Counsell-Hudson-Jackson, Tracy-Hudson-Jackson, Counsell-Hudson-Jackson, Counsell-Jackson
Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Webb (W,14-5) 7.1633431 3.02
Brandon Lyon 0.2100000 3.63
Jorge Julio 1111011 4.30
WP - Brandon Webb (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Webb 110-65, Brandon Lyon 13-9, Jorge Julio 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Webb 14-2, Brandon Lyon 1-0, Jorge Julio 2-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Webb 29, Brandon Lyon 2, Jorge Julio 4
Game Information
Attendance - 29269
Game Time - 2:31
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Lance Barksdale