|Diamondbacks starter Brandon Webb stretched his scoreless streak to 42 innings. (JOHN BAZEMORE/ASSOCIATED PRESS)|
Braves get caught in Webb
Arizona ace nets 3d straight shutout
Brandon Webb isn't one of those guys who claims ignorance about his stats. He knows as well as anyone just how long he's gone without giving up a run, and what he needs to do to reach an amazing milestone.
Well, here's the latest update: He's two shutouts away from Orel Hershiser.
Webb tossed a two-hitter for his third straight shutout and stretched his scoreless streak to 42 innings -- the 12th longest in baseball history -- to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks past the Braves, 4-0, last night in Atlanta.
He's 18 innings away -- two more shutouts -- from breaking Hershiser's record of 59 straight scoreless innings in 1988.
"Just two more shutouts? Oh, I should have that, no problem," Webb said facetiously. "It's in the back pocket."
Actually, last year's NL Cy Young winner believes it's a little early to start eyeing Hershiser, though Webb is fully aware of his amazing run each time he goes to the mound.
"It's still a ways off," he said. "It's going to be real tough to do. I'm just going to go out there and try to throw up zeros as much as I can."
Webb (13-8) became the first pitcher since Hershiser to go at least 40 innings without giving up a run and just the 21st pitcher in baseball history to reach that level of stinginess.
"We couldn't hit Webb," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "I guess nobody can hit Webb. He's that good."
Chris Young went deep leading off the third against Atlanta starter Lance Cormier (0-3), then added his 24th homer off Tyler Yates in the ninth.
Cubs 2, Cardinals 1 -- Jacque Jones hit a two-run homer and made an outstanding catch as host Chicago ended St. Louis's five-game winning streak, leapfrogging Milwaukee into first place in the NL Central by a half-game.
In the fifth inning, Jones helped keep the game scoreless when he ran full speed toward the center-field wall and made an over-the-shoulder grab on Brendan Ryan's long drive as he hit the ivy-covered bricks.
Reds 8, Brewers 3 -- Bronson Arroyo and visiting Cincinnati knocked slumping and error-prone Milwaukee out of first.
Milwaukee has lost 14 of its last 19 contests and 11 of 15 in August. It's the first time the Brewers have been in second since Aug. 2.
Phillies 11, Pirates 8 -- Aaron Rowand and Pat Burrell homered, J.D. Durbin won his fourth consecutive start, and Philadelphia beat host Pittsburgh.
Jimmy Rollins had three hits and scored three runs, and Tadahito Iguchi reached base three times, had two RBIs, and scored twice for the Phillies, who collected 16 hits and have won four of five to remain in second place in the NL East.
Mets 6, Nationals 2 --Facing a franchise he has beaten more than any other, Tom Glavine picked up win No. 301 by allowing one run over seven innings as New York won in Washington.
Glavine (11-6) beat the former Montreal Expos for the 33d time, including the sixth time since the team moved to the nation's capital in 2005. He is 4-1 with a 2.09 ERA in six starts at RFK Stadium.
Dodgers 6, Rockies 4 -- Eric Stults allowed two hits and struck out nine over seven innings after getting recalled from Triple A, and host Los Angeles beat Colorado.
Stults (1-1) allowed two runs in his fourth major league start and retired his final 13 batters after giving up a two-out RBI single by Troy Tulowitzki in the third.
Astros 3, Padres 1 -- Lance Berkman hit two home runs to back Woody Williams and lift visiting Houston over San Diego.
Berkman put the Astros ahead, 3-1, in the eighth with a towering two-run homer to center field off Heath Bell (5-4).
Giants 3, Marlins 0 -- Barry Zito allowed one hit in seven shutout innings, and Rajai Davis hit his first career home run to help San Francisco beat Florida in Miami.
Indians 2, Devil Rays 1 -- Paul Byrd made two early runs stand up, holding host Tampa Bay to one run in six innings as Cleveland climbed over Detroit into first place in the AL Central.
Byrd (11-5) scattered eight hits, striking out five. He worked out of several jams and held Tampa Bay to 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
Twins 2, Rangers 1 -- Nick Punto scored on a wild pitch with nobody out in the 10th inning to lift Minnesota over Texas in Minneapolis.
With Joe Mauer at the plate, reliever Jamey Wright (3-5) bounced a pitch at the plate that got past catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Punto dashed home.
Blue Jays 5, Orioles 2 -- A.J. Burnett won his second straight start, Frank Thomas hit his 506th career home run, and host Toronto beat Baltimore.
Mariners 5, White Sox 4 -- Miguel Batista took a shutout into the seventh inning and Raul Ibanez continued his sudden surge with three hits to lead host Seattle over reeling Chicago White Sox.
Royals 9, Athletics 2 -- Emil Brown hit his first home run in over a month, Brian Bannister pitched a four-hitter for his first career complete game, and visiting Kansas City beat Oakland.