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Arizona's Drew collects four hits to back Webb's ninth victory

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHOENIX -- Mr. Automatic was at it again.

Backed by Stephen Drew's career-high four hits, Brandon Webb became the major leagues' first nine-game winner when the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Colorado Rockies 8-5 on Thursday night.

Webb (9-0) has won his first nine starts, the most since San Diego's Andy Hawkins won his first 10 in 1985, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Webb has won 11 consecutive starts dating to last September.

"It's pretty amazing," Webb said. "It's getting to be amazing. Things are just happening."

A lot of things happened on a clear, 85-degree night in the desert.

Drew had two doubles, a triple, a single and an RBI, and Chris Snyder hit a three-run homer as the Diamondbacks improved to a major league-best 26-15, including 20-5 against the weak NL West.

Arizona overcame a season-high four errors to complete its second three-game sweep of the Rockies this season. The Diamondbacks are 8-1 against the defending NL champions, with Webb winning three times.

Mixing curveballs and changeups with his trademark slider, Webb had the Rockies off stride for most of the night.

"Nothing was in the middle," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "The breaking ball was sharp and down, the changeup was a good pitch. The sinker had good late life."

Arizona manager Bob Melvin lifted Webb with one out in the eighth after Matt Holliday singled to make it 5-3. Webb, who threw 111 pitches, left to a standing ovation from the Chase Field crowd of 21,447.

He allowed three runs on six hits, walked one and struck out eight, a season high.

"Doing his thing again," Melvin said. "He got a little tired at the end."

Webb credited his offense for giving him plenty of support -- and none had a better night than Drew.

He singled in the first, tripled in the third and doubled in the fifth against Colorado starter Aaron Cook. Drew had two chances at the cycle -- doubling in the sixth off Josh Newman and reaching on an error against Brian Fuentes in the eighth.

"He's swinging it better than anybody we have right now," Melvin said. "He's been quite the force for us."

Cook (6-2) was almost as hot as Webb. He had won a franchise-record six consecutive starts, a streak that began on April 13 at Chase Field.

But Cook struggled from the start, when the Diamondbacks greeted him with consecutive singles by Chris Young, Drew and Orlando Hudson. Young scored on Hudson's hit.

Cook stranded runners in scoring position in the second, third and fourth. The Diamondbacks finally got to him in the fifth.

Young led off with a double and scored on Drew's double. Hudson walked, and one out later, Snyder hit an 0-2 pitch 412 feet into the left field seats to give the Diamondbacks a 5-0 lead.

"The biggest blow right there was Snyder hitting the home run, of course," Cook said. "I felt like I have a chance to get out of any situation I'm in, and unfortunately I wasn't able to make pitches when I needed to tonight and it cost us the ballgame."

Cook pitched five innings, his shortest outing, and allowed a season-high five runs on 10 hits. He walked four and struck out six.

Snyder's home run loomed large when the Rockies' bats came to life in the late innings.

Colorado made it 5-1 in the seventh on Chris Iannetta's double, and pulled within 5-3 in the eighth on Clint Barmes' RBI groundout and Matt Holliday's single.

Arizona answered with three in the eighth on Hudson's single and a two-run triple by Justin Upton.

But even with an 8-3 lead heading in to the ninth, Webb had to sweat out a little drama before he could claim the victory.

The Rockies loaded the bases with no outs against Brandon Medders before Brandon Lyon came on to record his 12th save in 14 chances, and his 11th in a row.

Lyon gave up an RBI single to Scott Podsednik to make it 8-4, and Ryan Spilborghs' sacrifice fly made it 8-5.

But Lyon struck out Barmes and retired Holliday -- who had cost Lyon a save with a home run in Denver last month -- on a grounder to third to end it.

Notes

  • Melvin benched LF Eric Byrnes, who is hitting .214 and in a 6-for-62 slump. Arizona 1B Conor Jackson, 0-for-12 lifetime against Cook, was also out of the starting lineup.
  • The Rockies fell a season-high 11 games back in the NL West.
  • Barmes had two singles and has hit safely in eight consecutive games.
 
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The Diamondbacks are 8-1 against the Rockies and 20-5 against the NL West this season.  (AP)
The Diamondbacks are 8-1 against the Rockies and 20-5 against the NL West this season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

B. Webb
IP 7.1
H 6
ER 3
BB 1
K 8
Colorado

S. Podsednik
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Colorado Rockies
Ryan Spilborghs, CF-RF3101101 .309
Clint Barmes, SS5021012 .340
Matt Holliday, LF5011016 .316
Todd Helton, 1B4000002 .276
Brad Hawpe, RF3110020 .252
   a- Garrett Atkins, PH1000001 .335
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
    Alberto Arias, P0000000 .000
Chris Iannetta, C3111110 .308
Jeff Baker, 3B4110020 .213
Jon Herrera, 2B4010011 .320
Aaron Cook, P1000010 .211
   b- Willy Taveras, PH1000000 .230
    Josh Newman, P0000000 .000
   c- Scott Podsednik, PH-CF2121000 .294
Totals3659529  
a-flied out for Hawpe in the 8th
b-grounded out for Cook in the 6th
c-singled for Newman in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Iannetta (7, Webb)
SF - Ryan Spilborghs (2)
RBI - Ryan Spilborghs (15), Clint Barmes (13), Matt Holliday (22), Chris Iannetta (15), Scott Podsednik (8)
SB - Ryan Spilborghs (3, 2nd base off Webb/Snyder), Clint Barmes (3, 2nd base off Webb/Snyder)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Baker-Helton, Barmes-Herrera-Helton, Baker-Herrera-Helton
E - Jon Herrera (1, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Aaron Cook (L,6-2) 51055461 2.82
Josh Newman 2100130 2.70
Brian Fuentes 0.2230110 2.55
Alberto Arias 0.1000000 0.00
IBB - Burke by Aaron Cook
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 91-62, Josh Newman 29-19, Brian Fuentes 29-16, Alberto Arias 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 5-2, Josh Newman 2-0, Brian Fuentes 1-1, Alberto Arias 1-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 27, Josh Newman 7, Brian Fuentes 6, Alberto Arias 1
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF4320110 .256
Stephen Drew, SS5241000 .295
Orlando Hudson, 2B3222211 .297
Justin Upton, RF5012016 .322
Chris Snyder, C5123002 .284
Mark Reynolds, 3B2000210 .224
Jeff Salazar, LF4000032 .286
Chris Burke, 1B3020110 .182
Brandon Webb, P3000025 .105
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
   a- Micah Owings, PH1000000 .357
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
Totals358138610  
a-flied out for Qualls in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Young (11, Cook), Stephen Drew 2 (11, Cook, Newman), Chris Burke (1, Cook)
3B - Stephen Drew (5, Cook), Justin Upton (3, Fuentes)
HR - Chris Snyder (3, Cook)
RBI - Stephen Drew (18), Orlando Hudson 2 (23), Justin Upton 2 (21), Chris Snyder 3 (21)
2-OUT RBI - Orlando Hudson (14), Justin Upton 2 (5)
SB - Chris Burke (2, 2nd base off Cook/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Reynolds-Hudson-Burke
E - Orlando Hudson 2 (6, Misplayed grounder), Chad Qualls (1, Throwing), Mark Reynolds (8, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Webb (W,9-0) 7.1633180 2.56
Doug Slaten (H,2) 0.1000000 2.77
Chad Qualls (H,12) 0.1000000 2.86
Brandon Medders0222100 4.58
Brandon Lyon (S,12) 1100010 1.89
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Webb 111-77, Doug Slaten 3-3, Chad Qualls 2-1, Brandon Medders 9-5, Brandon Lyon 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Webb 14-1, Brandon Lyon 1-1
Batters Faced - Brandon Webb 30, Doug Slaten 1, Chad Qualls 1, Brandon Medders 3, Brandon Lyon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21447
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Adrian Johnson