Diamondbacks spin nasty Webb on hapless Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Brandon Webb didn't feel very good warming up.
He left the Pittsburgh Pirates feeling even worse.

Webb pitched out of trouble in the fifth and seventh innings and
allowed two runs over seven innings to lead the Arizona
Diamondbacks to a 4-2 victory over the Pirates on Wednesday night.

"Tonight before the game I didn't feel real comfortable with
any of my pitches, and I got in jams. But I was able to pitch my
way out of them," Webb said. "I made pitches when I had to, and
that's what counts.

"I made some good pitches and had some real good plays behind

Webb (12-11) gave up seven hits, struck out four and walked one
in handing the Pirates their 10th consecutive home loss. Pittsburgh
has lost a season-high six straight overall and 11 of 12.

Craig Counsell and Shawn Green each had two hits and an RBI as
Arizona won its second straight.

The Pirates, 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position in a 4-2
loss Tuesday, were 0-for-9 Wednesday.

Pittsburgh had runners on second and third with one out in the
fifth but failed to score when Jack Wilson flied out to shallow
left and Jason Bay's line drive was caught by a leaping Royce
Clayton at shortstop.

"That really hurt," Pittsburgh interim manager Pete Mackanin
said. "Bay hit the ball well three times tonight. Once again, we
put two runs up on the board but we had some chances. That was a
big blow right there. I thought that could get us going."

After consecutive singles by Ty Wigginton and Rob Mackowiak to
start the seventh, Nate McLouth's bunt failed to advance the
runners and Webb again retired Wilson and Bay.

"If we get deep into games, we feel very good about what we can
bring in from the bullpen," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said.
"When you get pitching that's strong through six, or with Webb
tonight it was seven, ... that's important for every team. He had a
good sinker, kept the ball down and made them put it into play."

Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his sixth save.

Pirates starter Mark Redman (5-15) lasted 2 1-3 innings,
allowing three runs and five hits. Redman has lost his last five
starts and 11 of his last 12 decisions.

"I think he's better than he's been pitching lately," said
Mackanin, who is 0-2 since replacing Lloyd McClendon, who was fired
Tuesday. "He's got good stuff. He wasn't making quality pitches
tonight, getting ahead of hitters and putting them away. He was
pitching around the plate a little too much for me."

Pittsburgh's Daryle Ward made it 4-2 with a solo homer to right
in the sixth, his first in 211 at-bats since June 7.

"I only have one question: `Do I look good running the bases?'
Because I almost forgot how to do it," Ward said. "He just
happened to leave a ball out over the plate, and I hit it the way
I've been wanting to hit it for a while."

The Diamondbacks got an unearned run in the sixth for a 4-1
lead. Andy Green walked with one out and reached second when Chris
Snyder's grounder was misplayed by Wigginton at third. Both runners
advanced on Webb's sacrifice, and Andy Green scored on Counsell's
bunt single.

Conor Jackson doubled with one out in the third and scored on
Shawn Green's single to center to give Arizona a 3-0 lead, knocking
Redman out of the game.

Pittsburgh made it 3-1 in the third when McLouth singled to left
and scored on Wilson's one-out double down the third base line.

Arizona took a 2-0 lead in the second inning with two two-out
hits. Shawn Green singled, stole second and scored on Andy Green's
double to right-center. After a walk to Snyder, Webb singled to
center to score Andy Green.

Game notes
Wilson was selected as the Pirates' nominee for the Roberto
Clemente Award, given annually to the player who combines
outstanding skills with devoted work in the community. Members of
the Clemente family were at PNC Park to commemorate Roberto
Clemente Day. ... Redman matched his shortest outing of the season.
... Webb has pitched into the seventh inning in eight consecutive
starts. ... Ward's homer reached the Allegheny River on a bounce.
Ward is the only player to reach the water on a fly, having done so
as a member of the Houston Astros in 2002.