PHOENIX (AP) -- Brandon Webb kept working out of jams against
Philadelphia and the Phillies kept coming back until they broke
through against the Arizona ace.
Mike Lieberthal hit a key run-scoring double and the Phillies
beat the Diamondbacks 4-3 Monday night to prevent Webb from
becoming the majors' first nine-game winner."He's been pitching great," Lieberthal said. "We did a great
job to score really any kind of runs off of him. We had him in
trouble a couple of innings. So it was nice to actually win this
game, the first game of the series against somebody like Webb."Webb allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings, failing
in his second attempt to win his ninth straight decision to open
the season. Philadelphia rallied from a 3-0 deficit to snap
Arizona's four-game winning streak.Lieberthal doubled against Brandon Lyon (1-1) with two outs in
the eighth to drive in Aaron Rowand and give the Phillies a 4-3
lead."Webb was tough, he is very good," Phillies manager Charlie
Manuel said. "At the start of the game when he got out of the
first inning, that might have been the best game someone has
pitched against us so far."Jimmy Rollins singled and stole second and third in the first.
Webb walked Bobby Abreu, but got him in a rundown after picking him
off first. Pat Burrell grounded out to end the inning.The Phillies had runners on first and second in the third but
Webb retired Burrell on a groundout to end the inning.Arthur Rhodes struck out Arizona pinch-hitter Tony Clark with
two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom half of the eighth. Tom
Gordon then pitched the ninth for his 18th save in 19
opportunities, tying him with Jason Isringhausen for the NL lead in
saves."Once again we put ourselves in position, we had guys out there
again," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "We just didn't come up
with the big hits this time."Webb extended his team-record scoreless innings streak to 30
before the Phillies scored two runs in the sixth inning. Chase
Utley singled and scored when Burrell grounded into a double play.
Ryan Howard followed with his 20th homer.The Phillies tied it at 3 in the seventh. Rollins doubled with
two outs and scored from second on Utley's infield single to
second.Webb struck out seven and walked three."I made some bad pitches when I was ahead," Webb said. "The
one I would like to have back was Rollins double down the line.
That was a tough game."Phillies starter Cory Lidle allowed three runs and eight hits in
six innings. Aaron Fultz (1-0) struck out two in a perfect seventh
to get the win.The Diamondbacks grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Shawn
Green hit an RBI triple and scored on Johnny Estrada's base hit.
Estrada had four singles on the night."I stuck with my plan," Lidle said. "They got three hits in
the second inning and I just said I am not going to give up on my
plan."Luis Gonzalez doubled and scored on Conor Jackson's RBI
groundout in the third for Arizona.
Andy Benes threw 27 1-3 consecutive scoreless innings in
Arizona's inaugural season in 1998 to set the club's previous
record. "It was a good run, it was fun while it lasted and I knew
it wasn't to go forever without giving up one," Webb said. ...
Webb hasn't lost since a 3-1 decision at San Francisco on Oct. 2,
2005. ... Gonzalez's third-inning double was the 515th of his
career, tying him with Joe Cronin for 34th on baseball's career
list. ... Monday's triple was Green's second of the season and the
34th of his career. ... The Phillies and the New York Yankees have
not been shut out this season. ... Lieberthal pulled up on his big
double, and left the game with what the team said was a left hip
strain. After the game Lieberthal said he worked out a bit after
leaving and was mostly pain-free. He was to be evaluated on
Tuesday. ... Abreu walked three times on Monday, raising his
league-leading total to 59. ... The roof was closed Monday night as
the game-time temperature reached 104 degrees.