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Webb helps D-Backs edge Giants, gain ground in NL West

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PHOENIX -- Brandon Webb got the first big hit Wednesday night and the rest of the Arizona Diamondbacks followed their ace right-hander.

Webb pitched seven solid innings and added a key two-run double, helping the Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 7-6 and gain ground in the NL West.

"We should have him up with runners in scoring position and two outs more," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said.

The Diamondbacks have won three straight for the first time since August 19-21 against the Pirates and trimmed the Dodgers' division lead to 3½ games. Los Angeles lost 15-8 at Pittsburgh.

"This was the first opportunity we've had in a while where we look up, they lost and we could capitalize on it," Melvin said. "It's nice to finally pick up a game. Three and a half is better than four and a half."

Justin Upton and David Eckstein went deep for Arizona, which has 11 games left.

"Our goal is to win our ballgames and not worry about what they do," Upton said.

The Diamondbacks led 7-3 after eight innings but nearly blew it in the ninth. Doug Slaten walked Scott McClain and Eugenio Velez to start the inning and Tony Pena surrendered a two-run triple to Omar Vizquel.

Rich Aurilia's run-scoring groundout cut it to 7-6 but Pena retired Dave Roberts and Randy Winn on consecutive grounders to second for his third save in seven chances.

"When Vizquel got the big hit we had good hitters coming up," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We'd done a good job of coming back but we came up a little short."

Webb (21-7) allowed three runs -- two earned -- and eight hits. But his bat was more effective than his sinker early on.

Arizona scored five runs in the second inning to erase a 3-1 deficit. Chris Snyder started the rally with a one-out walk and advanced to second on Chris Young's single off Jonathan Sanchez (9-11).

Eckstein flied out but Webb followed with a tying two-run double to the center-field wall. The right-hander's hit snapped the Diamondbacks' 0-for-25 skid with runners in scoring position.

"It ended up being a pretty big hit, looking back on it," Webb said. "I just got a pitch I could hit and squared it up."

Webb scored on Stephen Drew's single and Upton added his 14th homer, a towering shot onto the concourse above the center-field fence.

"Everyone gets hot," Upton said. "It's all about us winning ballgames and trying to do whatever I can do."

Webb avoided serious trouble from there, allowing only one more runner to reach second and holding San Francisco scoreless over his final six innings.

"They're a team that swings early and likes to be aggressive which helped me with the pitch count" said Webb, who threw 57 of his 88 pitches for strikes.

Sanchez allowed six runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings. He walked three, struck out four and was disappointed he couldn't help teammate Tim Lincecum in the race for the NL Cy Young Award.

"Everyone says Webb will win it but Timmy has better numbers and Timmy's started to win," Sanchez said. "I wanted to beat him. I wanted to beat Webb to make it easier for Timmy."

Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-4 and drove in a run for San Francisco. Bengie Molina had an RBI single in the first.

Drew went 4-for-5 and scored two runs for Arizona.

Notes

  • Webb is 4-0 against San Francisco this season.
  • Upton has three homers in his last five games. The last two landed within a few feet of each other on the center-field concourse.
  • Winn is 16-for-27 against Webb in his career.
  • Sanchez has lasted less than four innings three times this season.
 
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Brandon Webb pitches seven solid innings against the Giants and picks up his 21st win of the season.  (AP)
Brandon Webb pitches seven solid innings against the Giants and picks up his 21st win of the season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

S. Drew
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
San Francisco

O. Vizquel
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
Dave Roberts, LF4110100 .208
Randy Winn, CF4010111 .313
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4121001 .347
Bengie Molina, C4111001 .284
Travis Ishikawa, 1B4010011 .306
John Bowker, RF3011001 .243
   a- Scott McClain, PH0100100 .333
Eugenio Velez, 2B3100103 .252
Omar Vizquel, SS4122000 .204
Jonathan Sanchez, P2000001 .104
    Kevin Correia, P0000000 .111
    Geno Espineli, P0000000 .000
   b- Conor Gillaspie, PH1000000 .333
    Billy Sadler, P0000000 .000
    Patrick Misch, P0000000 .111
   c- Rich Aurilia, PH1001000 .286
Totals3469642  
a-walked for Bowker in the 9th
b-grounded out for Espineli in the 7th
c-grounded out for Misch in the 9th
Batting
2B - Pablo Sandoval (7, Webb)
3B - Omar Vizquel (1, Pena)
RBI - Pablo Sandoval (16), Bengie Molina (87), John Bowker (41), Omar Vizquel 2 (22), Rich Aurilia (50)
SB - Dave Roberts (5, 2nd base off Webb/Snyder)
CS - Eugenio Velez (6, 2nd base by Webb/Snyder)
Team LOB - 5
San Francisco Giants
Jonathan Sanchez (L,9-11) 3.2666341 4.71
Kevin Correia 2411021 5.64
Geno Espineli 0.1000010 4.50
Billy Sadler 1.2000320 4.29
Patrick Misch 0.1000000 5.90
WP - Billy Sadler 2 (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 82-53, Kevin Correia 40-28, Geno Espineli 5-3, Billy Sadler 31-14, Patrick Misch 2-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 4-3, Kevin Correia 1-3, Billy Sadler 1-2, Patrick Misch 1-0
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 20, Kevin Correia 10, Geno Espineli 1, Billy Sadler 8, Patrick Misch 1
Arizona Diamondbacks
Stephen Drew, SS5241011 .287
Justin Upton, RF4112113 .255
Conor Jackson, LF3011112 .294
Adam Dunn, 1B5000024 .235
Mark Reynolds, 3B3010120 .242
Chris Snyder, C2100202 .244
Chris Young, CF4110013 .245
David Eckstein, 2B4111003 .262
Brandon Webb, P3112010 .141
    Juan Cruz, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Salazar, PH0000100 .213
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .000
Totals33710769  
a-walked for Cruz in the 8th
Batting
2B - Stephen Drew (38, Sanchez), Mark Reynolds (27, Correia), Brandon Webb (3, Sanchez)
HR - Justin Upton (14, Sanchez), David Eckstein (2, Correia)
SF - Conor Jackson (3)
RBI - Stephen Drew (60), Justin Upton 2 (37), Conor Jackson (73), David Eckstein (27), Brandon Webb 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Stephen Drew (26), Justin Upton 2 (13), Brandon Webb 2 (9)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Eckstein-Drew-Dunn, Eckstein-Drew-Dunn
E - Adam Dunn (10, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Webb (W,21-7) 7832220 3.26
Juan Cruz 1000000 2.64
Doug Slaten0022200 4.78
Tony Pena (S,3) 1111000 4.00
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Webb 88-57, Juan Cruz 9-7, Doug Slaten 11-3, Tony Pena 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Webb 11-6, Juan Cruz 2-1, Tony Pena 3-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Webb 29, Juan Cruz 3, Doug Slaten 2, Tony Pena 4
Game Information
Attendance - 22618
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 92
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Jeff Nelson