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Cards caught in Webb's one-hitter as D-Backs roll

PHOENIX (AP) -- Brandon Webb needed only two pitches to shut down
the second-best hitting team in the National League.

Webb threw 95 pitches, 89 of which were either fastballs or
sinkers, in a one-hitter for his third shutout of the season to
lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis
Cardinals on Saturday night.

"It ended up working tonight, it felt good," said Webb (15-6),
who did not allow a runner past second base and got 16 ground ball
outs for his second win since Aug. 17. It was also his fourth
complete game of the season and fourth career shutout.

"I was pretty aggressive in the strike zone as they were
swinging the bat," Webb said. "They put the ball in play early,
mostly on the ground. That worked to my favor tonight. I was able
to keep the ball down so they could do so."

Manager Bob Melvin said Webb threw just six off-speed pitches en
route to his first one-hitter. He struck out five and didn't walk a
batter.

"It was unbelieveable," Melvin said. "He had a great sinker
going, keeping the balls on the ground, a couple hit in the air.
That's about as good as you get right there, especially that
club."

The game lasted 1 hour, 54 minutes, and was the Diamondbacks'
second straight win and third in 11 games.

"When a guy is throwing like Webb is, you take strike one, then
he works you over," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "So
like guys like [Greg] Maddox and Webb -- when they're right --
present a lot of problems. You swing early and you make an out,
look what happens when you get strike one, he puts you away. You
have to give him a lot of credit."

"Everybody's trying hard," Ronnie Belliard said. "We all
planned to hit the ball hard. But they were making plays or it was
hit right at people. You are not Superman and keep swinging the
bat."

Jason Marquis (14-14) allowed six hits in seven innings, but
three of those were for extra bases that led to single runs in the
first, second and fourth innings.

Craig Counsell hit the second pitch of the bottom of the first
into the right-center field gap, snapping an 0-for-22 slump. He
scored one batter later on Luis Gonzalez's grounder to first
baseman Albert Pujols.

In the second, Carlos Quentin hit his seventh home run of the
season, a 394-foot shot to left center. In the fourth, Chris Snyder
singled in Conor Jackson, who had doubled, to give Arizona a 3-0
lead.

"It's the luck of the draw," Marquis said. "[Sometimes] it's
not how you pitch it's the night you pitch."

Webb retired the first eight hitters, before allowing Marquis to
reach when his comebacker glanced off first baseman Jackson's glove
for an error.

"I always think we are capable of putting something on the
board no matter how good a guy pitches," La Russa said.

Pujols reached on an error in the fourth when third baseman Chad
Tracy dropped his grounder and then threw just wide at first,
pulling Jackson off the bag. However, Webb picked off Pujols, who
was tagged out by second baseman Orlando Hudson. Scott Rolen
followed with a double to center, before Webb struck out Preston
Wilson to end the inning.

Webb then retired the next 11 to face him before hitting
pinch-hitter John Rodriguez in the eighth and then getting
pinch-hitter Scott Spiezio to ground back to the box.

Game notes
The game was the fastest played in Chase Field history. ...
The Diamondbacks are 5-16 over their last 21 games. ... St. Louis
is 4-5 in September. ... The roof was open for the second night in
a row with temperatures in the 70s. The roof hadn't been open since
June 10 until Friday night.