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PHOENIX -- Brandon Webb has been masterful on the mound this season in racking up the most wins in the majors. So for his latest outing he turned his focus toward his performance at the plate.
"I got a good piece of wood on that one," Webb said. "We had a couple of ducks on the pond and that's when I step it up."
With Arizona leading 4-0 with two outs in the fourth inning and Jamie D'Antona standing on second, Atlanta starter Mike Hampton intentionally walked Chris Burke to get to Webb. But the right-hander lined a double over the outstretched glove of Jeff Francoeur in center, scoring D'Antona and Burke to put the Diamondbacks ahead 6-0.
"Every now and then you get lucky and get a base hit," Webb said.
Chris Snyder homered for the first-place Diamondbacks, who snapped a four-game losing streak and extended their lead in the NL West over Los Angeles to 1½ games.
"The Dodgers aren't going to give us the division," said third baseman Mark Reynolds, who hit a two-run double in the first. "We have to win as many games as we can. The way the division is it's crucial for us to keep playing and keep plugging along."
Webb (17-4) was effective if not sharp, allowing one run and six hits with two walks and five strikeouts. He threw 62 of 96 pitches for strikes in his shortest outing since three straight six-inning starts from June 28-July 8.
After loading the bases twice in the sixth and surrendering a sacrifice fly to Omar Infante, Webb -- the 2006 NL Cy Young Award winner -- escaped by fielding Francouer's grounder and starting an inning-ending double play.
"We had a chance to get to him and they got out of it with a double play," Braves third baseman Chipper Jones said. "That's what he does. Brandon Webb is unbelievable, the probable Cy Young Award winner again."
Infante finished 2-for-3 for the Braves, who fell one game short of their first four-game sweep of Arizona since 2004.
"To win three out of four against their pitching staff is pretty good," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox. "They've got an outstanding staff and getting three is big."
After Webb's double, Hampton (1-1) retired Stephen Drew to end the fourth inning but his day was done. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out three in matching his shortest start since coming off the disabled list July 26.
"I made some terrible pitches with guys in scoring position," Hampton said.
Reynolds gave Arizona a 2-0 lead in the first when he hit a two-run double into the left-field corner. Reynolds scored on Chris Young's groundout to first.
"That first inning went a long way toward getting us moving in the right direction," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "Early runs and Brandon Webb on the mound usually ends up being all good in the end."
Snyder made it 4-0 when he led off the second with his 10th home run, his first since July 30.
|Arizona ace Brandon Webb goes six strong as he keeps on racking up the wins. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Gregor Blanco, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.262|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.279|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||3||1||1||0||1||0||2||.370|
|Brian McCann, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.305|
|Clint Sammons, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.278|
|Omar Infante, 2B||3||0||2||1||0||0||0||.304|
|Mark Kotsay, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.289|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.226|
|Mike Hampton, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.286|
|a- Ruben Gotay, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.221|
|Vladimir Nunez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Greg Norton, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.258|
|Julian Tavarez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Blaine Boyer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Kelly Johnson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.271|
|a-struck out for Hampton in the 5th|
|b-singled for Nunez in the 7th|
|c-struck out for Boyer in the 9th|
|SF - Omar Infante (2)|
|RBI - Omar Infante (25)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Escobar-Infante-Kotchman|
|PB - Brian McCann (5)|
|E - Chipper Jones (9, Misplayed grounder)|
|Mike Hampton (L,1-1)||4||5||6||6||2||3||1||8.10|
|IBB - Burke by Mike Hampton|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Hampton 73-44, Vladimir Nunez 34-18, Julian Tavarez 13-9, Blaine Boyer 17-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Hampton 7-2, Vladimir Nunez 1-2, Blaine Boyer 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Mike Hampton 19, Vladimir Nunez 7, Julian Tavarez 3, Blaine Boyer 4|
|Stephen Drew, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.280|
|Augie Ojeda, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||2||0||.257|
|Conor Jackson, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.311|
|Mark Reynolds, 3B||4||1||1||2||0||2||1||.246|
|Chris Young, CF||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.232|
|Jamie D'Antona, 1B||1||1||0||0||2||0||0||.182|
|Chad Qualls, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jeff Salazar, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.200|
|Jon Rauch, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Snyder, C||3||1||1||1||0||1||2||.244|
|Chris Burke, RF||2||1||0||0||1||1||1||.190|
|Brandon Webb, P||2||0||1||2||0||0||0||.157|
|Chad Tracy, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.278|
|a-struck out for Qualls in the 8th|
|2B - Mark Reynolds (19, Hampton), Brandon Webb (2, Hampton)|
|HR - Chris Snyder (10, Hampton)|
|RBI - Mark Reynolds 2 (79), Chris Young (57), Chris Snyder (47), Brandon Webb 2 (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brandon Webb 2 (7)|
|SB - Mark Reynolds (8, 3rd base off Hampton/McCann), Chris Young (9, 2nd base off Boyer/Sammons)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - Webb-Snyder-D'Antona|
|Brandon Webb (W,17-4)||6||6||1||1||2||5||0||2.88|
|HBP - Kotchman (by Brandon Webb)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Webb 96-62, Chad Qualls 19-15, Jon Rauch 15-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Webb 8-4, Chad Qualls 3-2|
|Batters Faced - Brandon Webb 26, Chad Qualls 7, Jon Rauch 3|
|Attendance - 35838|
|Game Time - 2:29|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Jim Wolf|