Arizona 2, Los Angeles 0


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two Arizona rookies -- one on the mound, one
behind the plate -- turned in memorable performances that give the
Diamondbacks hope for next season.

Rookie Brandon Webb combined with Matt Mantei on a three-hitter,
and Luis Gonzalez homered twice as the Diamondbacks defeated the
Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 on Wednesday night.

Rookie Robby Hammock caught Webb, who turned in another
consistent start in his bid for rookie of the year honors.

"You'd never guess they were two rookies, the way they went
about their business," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said.

"There were a couple of instances where Brandon kind of lost
the strike zone with his sinker, and Robby picked just the right
times to call for a breaking ball or a changeup, get his mechanics
back in order and then start pounding that sinker in there again."

The Dodgers' second straight loss dropped them 3{ games behind
Florida in the NL wild-card race with 12 games remaining. The loss,
combined with San Francisco's 8-3 win over San Diego clinched the
NL West title for the Giants.

"We have to get busy this weekend against the Giants," Los
Angeles manager Jim Tracy said. "Our schedule is very, very tough
the rest of the way, but we have to find a way to put together yet
one more streak this year, which is something that we've been able
to do. And our record is indicative of that."

Webb (10-7) struck out five and walked three in eight innings.
He retired 14 of his last 15 batters and didn't allow a hit after
Jeromy Burnitz had a one-out single in the fourth inning.

"He amazes me every time he goes out there," Hammock said.
"The way he's never rattled, nothing gets him. He's got
unbelievable stuff."

Webb, a right-hander, started a week ago against the Dodgers in
Arizona and had a no-decision. Webb has the second-best road ERA in
the NL at 1.75, behind teammate Curt Schilling who has a 1.62 ERA
after beating the Dodgers on Tuesday night.

"In the pen warming up, I felt fine. When I hit the game, I
didn't really feel sharp at all," Webb said. "Robby goes out and
tells me what I'm doing -- I was rushing a little bit and leaving
things up and in. He called a great game."

Mantei pitched the ninth for his 25th save in 28 chances.

Dodgers rookie Edwin Jackson didn't fare as well a week after
beating the Diamondbacks 4-1 in his major league debut. The
20-year-old right-hander held Arizona to one run in six innings
against ace Randy Johnson on Sept. 9 -- two days after being brought
up from Double-A Jacksonville.

Jackson was making a spot start Wednesday in place of
left-hander Odalis Perez, scratched because of a broken nail on the
middle finger of his pitching hand.

Jackson (1-1) gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings,
struck out four and walked two. He retired 11 consecutive batters
before leaving, and made quite an impression on the Diamondbacks.

"The kid is throwing 95-97 mph," Gonzalez said. "I'm sure,
knowing the Dodgers, they're going to put him in a glass box as
soon as the season's over and open him up after spring training. He
just seems a lot more mature."

Although the Dodgers provided no run support, Jackson benefited
from strong defense by his teammates.

The Dodgers turned double plays in the second and fourth
innings, then shortstop Cesar Izturis made a diving catch of a
liner by Alex Cintron to end the sixth.

Gonzalez homered off a 2-2 pitch with two outs in the first for
a 1-0 lead. Center fielder Dave Roberts chased the ball to the wall
and leaped, but it sailed over his glove and he fell.

"I just want to go out and challenge every hitter," Jackson
said. "I didn't want to back down so I went after him and he hit
two balls hard."

The Dodgers loaded the bases in the bottom of the first, but
Burnitz grounded out to end the inning.

"We only had about four or five good swings all night long,"
Roberts said.

Gonzalez hit a 1-1 pitch from Jackson into the right-field
pavilion for his 26th homer, giving Arizona a 2-0 lead in the
third. It was Gonzalez's second multihomer game this season and
18th of his career. Seven of those 18 were two-homer efforts.

Game notes
Gonzalez's two homers gave him 100 RBI. ... Any
combination of six Florida wins or Arizona losses would keep the
Diamondbacks from making the playoffs for just the third time in
the franchise's six-year history. ... Gonzalez also had multiple
homers at Colorado on June 30.