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Arizona 6, Cincinnati 1

PHOENIX (AP) -- Junior Spivey is locked in, and that makes
everything seem simple.

The Arizona second baseman, who initially struggled after
returning from the disabled list July 21, was a triple away from
the cycle as the Diamondbacks beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-1 Tuesday
night.

"I'm starting to get more comfortable in the batter's box, and
that's all hitting is -- just getting some rhythm," Spivey said.
"I'm starting to get a little rhythm and putting something
together, so hopefully I can continue to do that."

Spivey is 13-for-33 (.393) in 11 games after hitting .161 in 11
games before that.

Spivey, Shea Hillenbrand and Robby Hammock homered, and Brandon
Webb struck out a career-high 11 in seven innings.

The win, the Diamondbacks' second in six games, moved them
within 3{ games of Philadelphia in the National League wild-card
race.

Spivey and Hillenbrand hit solo shots off John Bale, who had not
allowed a run in two previous major league starts. Hammock lined
another solo homer into the center-field concourse in the seventh
off reliever Brian Reith.

Hillenbrand made it 6-1 with his second RBI, an infield single
in the eighth.

The Reds loaded the bases against Arizona relievers Jose
Valverde and Mike Myers in the eighth, but Matt Mantei got the
third out by striking out Juan Castro, then worked the ninth for
his 19th save in 21 opportunities.

Raul Mondesi had a sacrifice fly and Matt Kata an RBI single for
the Diamondbacks, who beat Cincinnati for the ninth straight time
in Phoenix and the 17th in 18 meetings overall.

The Reds defeated Arizona and Randy Johnson, who pitches
Wednesday night, 3-2 in Cincinnati on Monday.

Webb (8-6) gave up an RBI double to Reggie Taylor, but had more
trouble with his control than with the other Reds hitters. He
walked four and allowed four hits.

It was the right-hander's first win since July 13 against San
Francisco, ending an 0-4 stretch in six starts.

Webb cruised through five innings, striking out eight while
allowing just one runner to reach second base.

Then he pitched out of a jam in the sixth. After getting two
outs, he walked D'Angelo Jimenez and gave up a single to Sean
Casey. Both moved up on a passed ball by rookie catcher Hammock,
but were stranded when Webb struck out Ruben Mateo for the third
time.

"Everything was going," Webb said. "We pitched well, we swung
the bats great, and when we had people in scoring position we
didn't leave too many guys on."

Spivey pulled an outside pitch into the grandstand in
left-center leading off the third.

It was the first earned run in Bale's three career starts. Bale
(0-1) pitched 4 2-3 scoreless innings against San Diego on Aug. 8
and six scoreless innings against Arizona on Aug. 13.

"We figured it was going to be a pretty good test for him,"
manager Dave Miley said. "They faced him one time and he had six
shutout innings. You know, he didn't pitch bad. He got hurt by a
couple of pitches."

Alex Cintron led off the fourth with a triple and scored on
Mondesi's liner that drove Taylor to the warning track in center.
Kata's run-scoring single in the fifth made it 3-0 as Spivey, who
had singled, scored from third.

Hillenbrand's homer in the sixth made it 4-0, and Hammock made
it 5-1 with his 417-foot homer off Reith.

Game notes
Webb's previous strikeout high was 10. ... Casey snapped an
0-for-14 streak with an infield single off Webb's glove in the
second. ... Webb, a noted sinkerball pitcher, hasn't had an OF out
since Sammy Sosa's flyball in Chicago on Aug. 3 (73 outs on
grounders, strikeouts or infield putouts).