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Webb weaves gem in San Diego for first-place Arizona

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN DIEGO -- There were two constants for the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night -- uncertainty and an inability to hit Brandon Webb.

Webb held the Padres in check while Chris Young and Stephen Drew hit two-run homers for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who won 4-0 over a Padres club that continued to struggle after firing hitting coach Merv Rettenmund.

Hours before watching the Diamondbacks vault into sole possession of first place in the NL West, the Padres made three trades and fired Rettenmund. Afterward, they released reserve infielder Jose Cruz Jr. They'll need to make two more moves on Wednesday to make room for newcomers Morgan Ensberg, Rob Mackowiak and Wilfredo Ledezma.

"I mean, there's a lot of uncertainty, a lot of guys looking over their shoulder right now," leadoff hitter Brian Giles said. "We still don't have all the guys that we traded for. We've got to find a way to weather all the uncertainty, try to get us a game tomorrow night and get us a series on Thursday."

The Padres, trying for their third straight NL West title, lost for the 11th time in 18 games since the All-Star break.

The Diamondbacks moved atop the division by one game over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Padres dropped to 1½ games back.

"Anytime you're in first place in the second half, it's meaningful," manager Bob Melvin said. "But there's a lot of teams bunched, including Colorado. One day you could be in first, the next day you're in third, the way it's worked out so far."

It didn't help that the Padres were facing reigning NL Cy Young winner Webb (10-8). He held San Diego to three hits in seven innings while striking out seven and walking two. The Padres got only one runner to third base and two others to second.

"We swung the bats good early off of him, but really had nothing to show for it," Giles said.

Webb didn't induce as many groundouts as normal, "but we expect him to pile up zeros like that," Melvin said.

"My off-speed stuff, I thought, was pretty good," Webb said. "I had seven strikeouts, all on changeups. My location with the fastball was pretty good."

Going into the game, the Padres were hitting .244, tied with the Chicago White Sox for the worst team average in the big leagues. Their .312 on-base percentage is second-worst in the NL and only three teams had scored fewer runs.

Wally Joyner was hired to replace Rettenmund but won't be with the team until Thursday or Friday.

Coincidentally, Rettenmund's firing came two days after the Padres beat the Houston Astros 18-11, scoring 11 runs in the first inning. The Padres put up their highest run total in five years and had a season-high 19 hits.

Facing Webb, though, the Padres were back to their anemic ways. And while they continue to struggle to reach the fences at Petco Park, opponents sure don't.

"A little bit too much Brandon Webb and a couple two-run homers," manager Bud Black said.

Both Diamondbacks homers came on belt-high fastballs from Justin Germano (6-6), who lost his third straight start and for the sixth time in seven decisions.

Drew homered to center field on a 2-2 pitch in the second. Three-time Gold Glove winner Mike Cameron made a sensational effort trying to catch it by leaping and hanging off the top of the fence, but the ball fell just beyond his reach. Conor Jackson was aboard on a leadoff double.

Young made it 4-0 with one out in the fifth when he drove Germano's first pitch 411 feet to left-center. Carlos Quentin was aboard after getting hit by a pitch opening the inning.

San Diego's Milton Bradley doubled to center with one out in the sixth and advanced on Adrian Gonzalez's groundout, but was stranded when Webb struck out Khalil Greene.

Germano allowed four runs and four hits in five innings, struck out seven and walked one. Webb and two relievers combined on a four hitter.

Notes

  • Arizona LF Eric Byrnes made a sensational leaping and diving catch of Gonzalez's slicing liner to end the first inning and save a run.
  • INF Chad Tracy, who has tendinitis in his right knee, probably won't start again until Thursday, Melvin said.
 
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Brandon Webb shows his Cy Young form, allowing just three hits over seven shutout innings.  (AP)
Brandon Webb shows his Cy Young form, allowing just three hits over seven shutout innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

B. Webb
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 2
K 7
Arizona

S. Drew
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF4112030 .244
Orlando Hudson, 2B4020010 .290
Eric Byrnes, LF3000101 .307
Conor Jackson, 1B4110013 .274
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .333
Stephen Drew, SS4112000 .238
Mark Reynolds, 3B4000020 .245
Chris Snyder, C3000100 .240
Carlos Quentin, RF3100031 .206
Brandon Webb, P3000031 .043
    Tony Clark, 1B0000000 .237
Totals32454213  
Batting
2B - Conor Jackson (21, Germano)
HR - Chris Young (19, Germano), Stephen Drew (8, Germano)
RBI - Chris Young 2 (39), Stephen Drew 2 (38)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Reynolds-Hudson-Clark
Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Webb (W,10-8) 7300270 3.08
Brandon Lyon 1100000 2.47
Tony Pena 1000110 1.92
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Webb 111-70, Brandon Lyon 12-10, Tony Pena 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Webb 7-7, Brandon Lyon 1-1, Tony Pena 2-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Webb 26, Brandon Lyon 3, Tony Pena 4
San Diego Padres
Brian Giles, RF4010000 .294
Mike Cameron, CF4000021 .249
Milton Bradley, LF3020100 .328
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000013 .269
Khalil Greene, SS3000111 .233
Josh Bard, C3000111 .270
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B3010010 .234
Geoff Blum, 2B3000012 .232
Justin Germano, P1000012 .250
   a- Scott Hairston, PH1000000 .218
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .182
   b- Jose Cruz Jr., PH1000000 .234
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Cameron, P0000000 .000
Totals3004038  
a-grounded out for Germano in the 5th
b-flied out for Hensley in the 8th
Batting
2B - Milton Bradley (7, Webb)
SB - Milton Bradley (5, 2nd base off Webb/Snyder)
Team LOB - 6
San Diego Padres
Justin Germano (L,6-6) 5444172 4.38
Clay Hensley 3100040 6.49
Joe Thatcher 0.2000110 0.00
Kevin Cameron 0.1000010 0.96
HBP - Quentin (by Justin Germano)
WP - Clay Hensley 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Germano 81-51, Clay Hensley 38-22, Joe Thatcher 22-14, Kevin Cameron 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Germano 2-6, Clay Hensley 3-2, Joe Thatcher 1-0
Batters Faced - Justin Germano 21, Clay Hensley 10, Joe Thatcher 3, Kevin Cameron 1
Game Information
Attendance - 32086
Game Time - 2:27
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Eric Cooper