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Arizona at St. Louis

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Arizona (79-77) «1001010104101
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Webb beats Cards for 22nd win; D-Backs trim Dodgers' West lead to two

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ST. LOUIS -- Brandon Webb got the best of Albert Pujols in the game's biggest at-bat, Stephen Drew made history and the Arizona Diamondbacks crept closer in the NL West.

Webb won his 22nd game while winding up a seven-inning, 121-pitch stint with a big strikeout of Pujols and Drew became only the third shortstop in major league history with 40 doubles, 10 triples and 20 homers in a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.

"It looked like he was about out of gas, but my best guy and their best guy and he ended up striking him out," manager Bob Melvin said, recounting the Webb-Pujols confrontation with two men on and Arizona leading by a run. "With what was at stake, if he ends up giving a hit to him you can almost semi-live with it."

Three weeks after hitting for the cycle against St. Louis right-hander Joe Pineiro, Drew came within a triple of another and drove in two runs. The others to reach the 40-10-20 milestone are Robin Yount (1980 and '82) and Nomar Garciaparra (1997).

"He does it in non-dramatic fashion, just goes out there and does his thing," Melvin said. "He probably won't get too riled up about knowing what he accomplished tonight, but he's in pretty fast company."

The ever-steady Drew proved his manager right.

"I don't look at stats until the end of the season," he said. "It's just a good feeling to get 20 but it's also a good feeling to get the win. We're coming down to the wire."

Conor Jackson had two hits and an RBI for the Diamondbacks, who have won seven of eight and are two games behind the idle Dodgers with six games to go. Arizona has won three in a row on the road on the heels of a franchise-record 10-game road losing streak.

"It feels good," Webb said. "We're still going to take it day by day, but we're playing with some confidence."

Felipe Lopez and Cesar Izturis had three hits apiece for the Cardinals, who have lost 10 of 12 and are only four games above .500 for the first time since they were 24-20 on May 16. St. Louis' magic number is one to be eliminated from postseason contention.

"It's tough, nobody likes to lose," Aaron Miles said. "It seems like we can't get any of the breaks to go our way."

Webb (22-7) tied the Indians' Cliff Lee for the major league victory lead. Webb has won three consecutive starts, allowing only four earned runs in 22 innings. On Monday, he yielded two runs and seven hits in seven innings, one of them scoring on his first balk of the season. The Cardinals had only three hits in 18 at-bats with a runner on.

"We came so close so many times," manager Tony La Russa said. "A lot of frustration in that game."

Drew is 10-for-18 against the Cardinals with two homers and three RBI, including a fourth-inning RBI double that put the Diamondbacks ahead 2-1 and his 20th homer in the sixth for a 3-1 lead. Drew also singled to open the game, advanced on a wild pickoff throw by Todd Wellemeyer (12-9) and easily scored on Jackson's one-out double.

The Cardinals tied it in the bottom of the first, benefiting when Pujols got new life on an apparent swinging third strike that was ruled a foul tip. Pujols was on first when Webb flubbed a third-to-first pickoff move.

But Webb bested the Cardinals' MVP candidate in the seventh, striking out Pujols on a 2-2 changeup to end the inning with runners on first and third. St. Louis narrowed the gap to 3-2 on Skip Schumaker's run-scoring groundout earlier in the seventh and missed a chance to tie it when Izturis was held up at third with a good shot to score on Lopez' single.

"He's obviously one of the best hitters in the league," Webb said of Pujols. "I went with what I thought was the best pitch at the time, it kind of stayed up and he swung over it. That was big."

The Diamondbacks restored the two-run lead in the eighth on pinch-hitter Chad Tracy's RBI double off Russ Springer. Brandon Lyon escaped unscathed after the Cardinals had two on and none out in the eighth and Chad Qualls finished for his seventh save in 15 chances.

Wellemeyer lost his third consecutive start, yielding three runs on nine hits in six innings. He's 1-5 in his last six decisions despite a 3.32 ERA in that span.

"I felt pretty good and had some good stuff working," Wellemeyer said. "That's an aggressive team and stuff didn't go our way."

The Cardinals just missed turning an inning-ending double play on Webb's one-out grounder to second against a drawn-in infield in the fourth, a call at first that La Russa argued was an out, one at-bat before Drew's RBI double. The Cardinals' relay from right fielder Ryan Ludwick to Lopez at second to the plate caught Webb trying to score for the final out of the inning.

Arizona's Mark Reynolds struck out twice and has 198 on the year, one off the major league record set last year by the Phillies' Ryan Howard, right behind at 195 strikeouts.

Notes

  • Cardinals C Yadier Molina has had only two at-bats in 11 games since bruising his right thigh in a home-plate collision with Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly on Sept. 10, although La Russa expects him to play sometime in the final week.
  • Adam Dunn walked twice and has a major league-high 117 walks.
  • Drew is batting .395 (17-for-43) in his last 10 games overall.
 
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Brandon Webb is tagged out at the plate in the fourth, but his work on the mound gets the job done.  (AP)
Brandon Webb is tagged out at the plate in the fourth, but his work on the mound gets the job done. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

S. Drew
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
St. Louis

F. Lopez
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Stephen Drew, SS4232102 .290
Chris Young, CF5010023 .247
Conor Jackson, LF5021001 .299
Adam Dunn, 1B3000211 .237
Justin Upton, RF5010012 .252
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
Mark Reynolds, 3B3110123 .241
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
    Alex Romero, RF0000000 .233
Chris Snyder, C2100124 .241
David Eckstein, 2B3010101 .265
Brandon Webb, P2000001 .136
   a- Chad Tracy, PH1011000 .266
    Augie Ojeda, PR-3B0000000 .247
Totals33410468  
a-doubled for Webb in the 8th
Batting
2B - Stephen Drew (42, Wellemeyer), Conor Jackson (31, Wellemeyer), Mark Reynolds (28, Wellemeyer), Chad Tracy (14, Springer)
HR - Stephen Drew (20, Wellemeyer)
SH - Chris Snyder (5), Brandon Webb (12)
RBI - Stephen Drew 2 (64), Conor Jackson (75), Chad Tracy (37)
2-OUT RBI - Stephen Drew 2 (30), Chad Tracy (11)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Eckstein-Drew-Dunn, Eckstein-Drew
E - Mark Reynolds (33, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Webb (W,22-7) 7822260 3.24
Brandon Lyon (H,3) 1200000 4.87
Chad Qualls (S,7) 1100000 2.89
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Webb 121-73, Brandon Lyon 16-11, Chad Qualls 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Webb 12-2, Chad Qualls 3-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Webb 30, Brandon Lyon 4, Chad Qualls 4
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, CF5111002 .303
Felipe Lopez, 2B5030001 .268
Albert Pujols, 1B2000212 .348
Ryan Ludwick, RF4010033 .294
Troy Glaus, 3B4010001 .266
Aaron Miles, LF4010011 .311
Mark Johnson, C4000003 .250
Todd Wellemeyer, P2000012 .143
    Josh Kinney, P0000000 .000
   a- Adam Kennedy, PH1110000 .271
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
    Ron Villone, P0000000 .000
    Brad Thompson, P0000000 .200
   b- Brian Barton, PH1000000 .282
Cesar Izturis, SS4030001 .255
Totals36211126  
a-singled for Kinney in the 7th
b-grounded out for Thompson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Troy Glaus (33, Lyon)
RBI - Skip Schumaker (46)
SB - Aaron Miles (3, 2nd base off Webb/Snyder), Cesar Izturis (22, 2nd base off Qualls/Snyder)
CS - Felipe Lopez (8, 2nd base by Webb/Snyder)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Ludwick 1
DP - Izturis-F. Lopez-Pujols
E - Todd Wellemeyer (2, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
Todd Wellemeyer (L,12-9) 6933471 3.69
Josh Kinney 1000010 0.00
Russ Springer 0.2111100 2.40
Ron Villone0000100 4.84
Brad Thompson 1.1000000 5.13
Pitches-Strikes - Todd Wellemeyer 117-70, Josh Kinney 14-8, Russ Springer 13-9, Ron Villone 6-2, Brad Thompson 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Todd Wellemeyer 7-2, Josh Kinney 2-0, Russ Springer 2-0, Brad Thompson 1-3
Batters Faced - Todd Wellemeyer 29, Josh Kinney 3, Russ Springer 4, Ron Villone 1, Brad Thompson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40349
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Joe West