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Teixeira, Braves trump D-Backs, send Webb to second defeat in row

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ATLANTA -- Brandon Webb's 9-0 start was rare. So was his second straight loss.

Webb gave up a season-high 10 hits in his shortest start since 2006, with Mark Teixeira driving in four runs to lead the Atlanta Braves over the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-3 Monday.

"I just wasn't sharp," Webb said. "I started off and everything they hit seemed to find holes. I wasn't working ahead and didn't have a real good fastball. My velocity was down. I got a lot of strikeouts but it didn't seem like I could ever make the big pitch when it counted."

Webb (9-2) allowed seven runs -- four earned. Since the end of the 2004 season, the only other time Webb failed to finish the fifth inning was when he lasted four innings against San Diego on Oct. 1, 2006.

"Nobody can be perfect every time," Diamondbacks catcher Chris Snyder said. "Everybody was asking what he was doing different than when he was winning. He wasn't doing anything different then and he's not doing anything different now."

Webb won his first nine decisions before losing 3-1 at Florida last Wednesday. He struck out eight, walked three and fell behind 5-1 in the second inning of this one. The hits were the most he allowed since San Diego had 11 last July 15.

Arizona manager Bob Melvin said Webb's outing should have been even shorter. Webb threw 100 pitches.

"He got a little tired," Melvin said. "I probably should have gotten him out earlier."

Atlanta split the four-game series to complete an 8-3 homestand, the Braves' longest this season. Arizona finished a 2-5 trip.

Manny Acosta (3-1) pitched two hitless innings to win in relief of Jair Jurrjens, who gave up three runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Braves manager Bobby Cox said Jurrjens, like Jorge Campillo earlier in the week, had problems with his pitching hand.

"I thought he pitched really good for having two blisters," Cox said. "He's a young kid and we've got to take care of him a little bit. He's already accumulated a lot of innings."

Jeff Bennett entered with a 5-3 lead, a man on and two outs in the fifth and retired Mark Reynolds on a flyout.

Teixeira hit a two-run double in the first and added a two-run single off Webb in the three-run second.

"Both of them, I think, were broken bats," Webb said, adding "I don't know. You shake your head."

A throwing error by Reynolds on Jurrjens' sacrifice set up three unearned runs, with Greg Norton scoring from second on the bunt.

"This guy over the last couple years is probably the best pitcher in baseball," Teixeira said. "For us to go out there and score a bunch of runs off him today, we did a good job of swinging the bats."

Jeff Salazar hit an RBI single in the first, and Arizona closed in the fifth on Orlando Hudson's two-run homer.

Brian McCann homered in the bottom half, only the fourth allowed by Webb this season. Pinch-hitter Ruben Gotay's RBI single chased Webb.

Notes

  • The seven runs were the most allowed by Webb since June 22 last year, when he gave up seven runs -- three earned -- in a 7-1 loss to Baltimore at Arizona.
  • Kelly Johnson's sixth-inning single extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
  • The Braves activated RHP Buddy Carlyle, and RHP Chris Resop was designated for assignment.
  • Chad Tracy came off the DL to start at first base in his 2008 debut. C Robby Hammock was optioned to Triple-A Tucson.
  • Braves CF Mark Kotsay was a late scratch with tightness in his back.
  • Arizona RHP Micah Owings pinch hit in the eighth and hit into a double play. He is batting .286 (10-for-35) with a home run, three RBI and 12 strikeouts.
 
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Mark Teixeira plates four runs for the Braves, who hand Brandon Webb his worst start of the season.  (AP)
Mark Teixeira plates four runs for the Braves, who hand Brandon Webb his worst start of the season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

M. Teixeira
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
Arizona

O. Hudson
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF5000023 .243
Stephen Drew, SS5120011 .281
Orlando Hudson, 2B3112101 .300
Chad Tracy, 1B4010001 .250
Chris Snyder, C4120002 .275
Eric Byrnes, LF3010011 .219
    Max Scherzer, P0000000 .000
   a- Micah Owings, PH1000001 .286
    Edgar Gonzalez, P0000000 .125
Mark Reynolds, 3B4010002 .225
Jeff Salazar, RF3021100 .286
Brandon Webb, P1000011 .091
    Chris Burke, LF2000011 .185
Totals35310326  
a-grounded into a double play for Scherzer in the 8th
Batting
2B - Stephen Drew (12, Jurrjens), Chris Snyder (12, Jurrjens), Mark Reynolds (6, Jurrjens)
HR - Orlando Hudson (4, Jurrjens)
SH - Brandon Webb (5)
RBI - Orlando Hudson 2 (26), Jeff Salazar (8)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Salazar (5)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Scherzer-Drew-Tracy
E - Mark Reynolds (9, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Webb (L,9-2) 4.11074381 3.01
Max Scherzer 2.2200140 1.96
Edgar Gonzalez 1000110 6.19
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Webb 100-65, Max Scherzer 36-23, Edgar Gonzalez 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Webb 3-3, Max Scherzer 2-1
Batters Faced - Brandon Webb 27, Max Scherzer 10, Edgar Gonzalez 4
Atlanta Braves
Yunel Escobar, SS5120024 .310
Kelly Johnson, 2B4010013 .297
Chipper Jones, 3B3110211 .416
Mark Teixeira, 1B4024103 .267
Brian McCann, C5111026 .333
Jeff Francoeur, RF4110033 .262
Greg Norton, LF2100121 .270
    Matt Diaz, LF1000010 .248
Gregor Blanco, CF3130100 .299
Jair Jurrjens, P2100011 .095
    Jeff Bennett, P0000000 .167
   a- Ruben Gotay, PH1011000 .258
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
   b- Jo-Jo Reyes, PH0000000 .000
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
Totals347126513  
a-singled for J. Bennett in the 5th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Acosta in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mark Teixeira (14, Webb)
HR - Brian McCann (9, Webb)
SH - Kelly Johnson (3), Jo-Jo Reyes (2)
RBI - Mark Teixeira 4 (31), Brian McCann (32), Ruben Gotay (1)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira 2 (17)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Johnson-Teixeira
Atlanta Braves
Jair Jurrjens 4.2833241 2.86
Jeff Bennett 0.1000000 3.57
Manny Acosta (W,3-1) 2000020 2.81
Blaine Boyer 2200000 3.94
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 97-58, Jeff Bennett 4-3, Manny Acosta 25-16, Blaine Boyer 30-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 4-6, Blaine Boyer 3-2
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 24, Jeff Bennett 1, Manny Acosta 6, Blaine Boyer 7
Game Information
Attendance - 29635
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Field Culbreth