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D-Backs' Webb tosses seven shutout innings to sink Marlins

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PHOENIX -- Brandon Webb admitted he had no idea where his fastball was going Wednesday night. Neither did the Florida Marlins.

Webb threw seven shutout innings for his first win in nearly a month and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Marlins 7-0 for their fifth consecutive win.

"My fastball was everywhere," Webb said. "I made big pitches when I had to and got out of it somehow."

Chris Young homered and Scott Hairston was 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI for the Diamondbacks, who moved within 1½ games of the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

Arizona manager Bob Melvin found himself looking at the scoreboard during the game.

"I did a little bit again tonight," Melvin said. "Call it a five-run rule. Get a five-run lead and I'll take a look up there."

Webb walked the bases full in the first -- the only three walks he issued -- but escaped when third baseman Mark Reynolds charged Miguel Olivo's grounder down the line and threw the catcher out at first.

"We had a chance to put a couple of runs on the board and maybe the game comes out differently," Marlins manager Freddi Gonzalez said. "He is the reigning Cy Young Award winner. He made some pitches."

Webb settled down to scatter six hits and strike out eight. He had lost his past three decisions and had not won since June 27 against Los Angeles.

"I got out of the first but battled every inning but the sixth," Webb said.

Juan Cruz pitched the eighth and Doug Slaten worked the ninth to complete the seven-hitter.

Arizona needed just three pitches to take a 1-0 lead against Scott Olsen (8-8) as Young hit his third leadoff homer of the season.

"I was just going up there trying to get anything started," Young said. "If I got a walk I'd be just as happy."

Olsen was one strike away from escaping the third inning but instead saw six consecutive Diamondbacks reach base as Arizona scored five runs.

Eric Byrnes hit a two-out single on a 1-2 count and Conor Jackson doubled past a sliding Jeremy Hermida in right field -- the first of Arizona's season-high six doubles -- scoring Byrnes to make it 2-0. Reynolds doubled to the wall in left, scoring Jackson, and Chris Snyder reached on an infield single off Olsen's glove.

Stephen Drew's line single to center made it 4-0 and Hairston followed with a two-run double to the base of the wall in left-center to give Arizona a 6-0 lead.

"Byrnes hit a great pitch," Olsen said. "I mean he's a .300 hitter so he's going to do that and it kind of snowballed from there."

Arizona added another run in the fourth when Byrnes doubled just inside the left-field line and Jackson hit an RBI single to center.

Olsen allowed seven runs and 11 hits, both season highs, over five innings. He walked three and struck out four.

Notes

  • Melvin said LHP Randy Johnson remains on schedule to throw a bullpen session Friday. "I was surprised with some of the things I read when he came in today and said he was ready to go on Friday," Melvin said before the game. "I didn't hear what he said to the media yesterday but I read some of the things and seemed like there were different versions of it."
  • Johnson has been on the DL since June 29 with a herniated disk in his lower back.
  • Marlins 3B Miguel Cabrera doubled in the fifth to extend his career-best hitting streak to 15 games.
  • Diamondbacks 2B Orlando Hudson preserved the shutout in the fifth with a diving stop of a hard grounder by Mike Jacobs with runners on second and third and two outs.
 
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Brandon Webb tosses seven scoreless innings, yielding six hits and three walks, while fanning eight.  (AP)
Brandon Webb tosses seven scoreless innings, yielding six hits and three walks, while fanning eight. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

B. Webb
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 3
K 8
Arizona

C. Jackson
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Florida Marlins
Alfredo Amezaga, SS5010012 .276
Dan Uggla, 2B4010104 .258
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3010102 .334
Mike Jacobs, 1B4010025 .276
Josh Willingham, LF3000112 .259
Miguel Olivo, C4000024 .234
Cody Ross, CF3000110 .282
Jeremy Hermida, RF4020002 .249
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Scott Olsen, P2000021 .229
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
   a- Joe Borchard, PH1010000 .201
    Armando Benitez, P0000000 .000
    Todd Linden, RF1000000 .213
Totals3407049  
a-singled for Miller in the 7th
Batting
2B - Alfredo Amezaga (9, Webb), Miguel Cabrera (27, Webb), Jeremy Hermida (12, Webb)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Uggla-Jacobs
E - Miguel Cabrera (15, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Scott Olsen (L,8-8) 51177341 5.31
Justin Miller 1000010 1.89
Armando Benitez 1100020 4.97
Kevin Gregg 1000010 3.02
WP - Scott Olsen (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Olsen 106-66, Justin Miller 9-6, Armando Benitez 21-12, Kevin Gregg 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Olsen 5-5, Justin Miller 1-1
Batters Faced - Scott Olsen 28, Justin Miller 3, Armando Benitez 4, Kevin Gregg 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF4111122 .240
Orlando Hudson, 2B5000011 .291
Eric Byrnes, RF4220001 .310
Conor Jackson, 1B4122011 .265
Mark Reynolds, 3B4121002 .263
Chris Snyder, C2110211 .242
Stephen Drew, SS4121002 .244
Scott Hairston, LF4022012 .222
Brandon Webb, P3000014 .047
    Juan Cruz, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff DaVanon, PH1000010 .176
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
Totals35712738  
a-struck out for Cruz in the 8th
Batting
2B - Eric Byrnes (21, Olsen), Conor Jackson (18, Olsen), Mark Reynolds 2 (14, Olsen, Benitez), Scott Hairston 2 (13, Olsen, Olsen)
HR - Chris Young (16, Olsen)
RBI - Chris Young (35), Conor Jackson 2 (31), Mark Reynolds (31), Stephen Drew (34), Scott Hairston 2 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Conor Jackson 2 (14), Mark Reynolds (16), Stephen Drew (16), Scott Hairston 2 (7)
PK - Chris Young (2, Olsen)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Drew-Hudson-Jackson
E - Mark Reynolds (6, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Webb (W,9-8) 7600380 3.23
Juan Cruz 1100110 2.72
Doug Slaten 1000000 2.39
WP - Juan Cruz (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Webb 108-72, Juan Cruz 19-11, Doug Slaten 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Webb 11-2, Juan Cruz 1-1, Doug Slaten 1-2
Batters Faced - Brandon Webb 30, Juan Cruz 5, Doug Slaten 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20154
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Ed Montague, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Marvin Hudson