Big first inning sparks D-Backs to win

Big first inning sparks D-Backs to win

PHILADELPHIA -- The Diamondbacks posted a five-run first, then held on tightly as Philadelphia mounted a late rally, but Arizona prevailed, 10-8, snapping its longest losing steak of the season and sending away 25,570 disappointed fans from Citizens Bank Park.

Arizona starting pitcher Brandon Webb snapped a personal two-game skid, improving to 7-2, giving up eight hits and four runs over five innings. The D-Backs rocked Phils starter Cory Lidle, who fell to 5-4 after surrendering seven runs (six earned) on eight hits.

It was nice to come away with something this road trip, and it snapped a five-game skid and moved the Diamondbacks to 31-26, while the loss ended Philadelphia's season-high six-game winning streak.

"After losing five in a row, and holding it down, a win is a win, and we'll take it," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "We had some ground balls go through, and it's about time. Webb was laboring a little bit there, but he gave us five. The heat got to him a little bit, but he kept them off balance with curveballs and changeups. It's always good when you're going bad and you can get away with not being swept."

It was the biggest offensive outburst by the Diamondbacks since they beat San Diego, 12-11, on May 25. Arizona attacked Lidle from the outset, opening up a 5-0 lead. The first five batters reached before Lidle was able to record the first out. Shawn Green did the most damage, lacing an 0-2 pitch down the right-field line for a three-run triple to snap an 0-for-8 drought in the series. Alex Cintron and Royce Clayton added RBI singles in the inning.

The Diamondbacks plated two more runs in the second, on a double by Luis Gonzalez and a sacrifice fly by Green, a run in the fifth on a solo home run by Jose Cruz Jr., and two more in the seventh, on RBI singles from Chris Snyder and Lance Cormier.

"Everyone came together, and it was a nice start with the five runs in the first," Cintron said. "We were aggressive, but Lidle made some 0-2 and 1-2 mistakes. He just came right down the middle when he was ahead 0-2 and 1-2. He had to make better pitches, but when you hit the ball on the ground like we did, a lot of things can happen."

Taking a 10-4 lead into the ninth inning, the Diamondbacks fended off a late rush. Philadelphia had the tying run on first and the go-ahead run at the plate when Javier Lopez ended the game by striking out Todd Pratt.

Webb struck out six and walked three, throwing 103 pitches, 57 for strikes. He survived some rocky spots, like a bases-loaded situation in the third. But he caught Pat Burrell looking at a called third strike to end the threat.

"I struck out Burrell on a curveball," said Webb, who won for the first time since May 20, a 6-2 decision at Detroit. "I felt pretty good, though I was working behind the count on a lot of hitters. I went to changeups and breaking balls. The ninth was a little nerve-wracking."

Webb didn't fare so well the next time he faced Burrell with the bases loaded in the fifth. Burrell made him pay, doubling to right, just beyond the outstretched glove of the diving Green. Kenny Lofton and Bobby Abreu scored on Burrell's double, but Webb escaped further damage when he got Chase Utley to send a sacrifice fly to deep center, scoring Jim Thome from third, for the second out and struck out David Bell to end the fifth.

Cormier did a nice job in relief of Webb, throwing three shutout innings. Cormier also added a key RBI single to left-center in the seventh, giving Arizona some insurance. It was Cormier's third career hit.

The Diamondbacks return home to host the Twins and Royals in Interleague Play, and though they went 2-5 on this road trip, they lost just a half-game in the standings to the National League West-leading San Diego Padres (34-22).

"It's fortunate for us we didn't lose that much ground," said Gonzalez, "for everything that's happened to us on this trip."

Joseph Santoliquito is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.