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Umpire admits blowing call on fly ball

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Brandon Webb had pitched well all summer,
and had little to show for it. So when his Diamondbacks entered the
seventh inning tied 1-1 with the Giants, he was prepared for
another tough evening.

Instead, he got a rare display of offensive support -- seven runs
in the seventh inning -- and Arizona went on to defeat San Francisco
8-1 Friday night.

"That was a surprise, but it was awesome," said Webb, who
allowed one run in seven innings to outduel fellow rookie Jerome
Williams. "That takes a lot of the pressure off me."

Webb (9-7) lowered his ERA to 2.51 by allowing only a
run-scoring single to Benito Santiago in the fourth. He gave up
three hits, walked five -- including Barry Bonds twice -- and struck
out six.

Webb has gotten little run support from the Diamondbacks this
season, including just 17 runs in his previous nine starts. So he
was not expecting Arizona to score seven runs off Williams and two
relievers in one inning.

Six of those runs were controversial. After Robby Hammock's RBI
single gave Arizona a 2-1 lead, the Giants thought they were out of
the inning when center fielder Marquis Grissom dived for Webb's
soft liner.

But first base umpire Tim Tschida ruled the ball had touched the
ground, and Arizona had men on first and second with two outs. A TV
replay seemed to show Grissom made the catch, and even Tschida
admitted later to a pool reporter that he had made the wrong call.

"When I first saw it, I would have bet my house the ball
skipped before it hit his glove," Tschida said. "Three or four
batters later, I realized I was wrong."

Steve Finley followed with an RBI single off reliever Jason
Christiansen, Matt Kata walked and Luis Gonzalez walked to force in
a run. Shea Hillenbrand then had a two-run single off Felix
Rodriguez, Alex Cintron singled and Danny Bautista added a two-run
double.

Tschida's call left the Giants livid.

"I caught the ball, he missed it. Goodbye," Grissom said. "I
was shocked."

Giants manager Felipe Alou thought it should have been an easy
call for the umpire.

"I know I saw it right, and I'm supposed to be going blind at
my age," said Alou, who is 68.

Williams (6-4) allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 2-3
innings.

Arizona stopped San Francisco's five-game winning streak and won
for just the third time in 10 games.

"I've talked at length over the last couple of weeks that we
just haven't gotten any breaks," Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly
said. "I haven't seen any replays, but in my mind that's a
break."

Gonzalez hit a solo homer in the sixth, his 23rd of the season.

Game notes
San Francisco's Rich Aurilia was thrown out of the game in
the seventh by plate umpire Jeff Nelson after disputing a called
third strike. ... San Francisco's Barry Bonds was issued his 53rd
intentional walk of the season. No one else in the NL has 20
intentional walks. ... Giants RF Jose Cruz Jr. set a San Francisco
record with his 18th outfield assist of the season -- his second in
as many games. He is second in the NL to Richard Hidalgo of the
Astros. ... Webb has held opponents to three runs or fewer in 10
straight starts, but has gone just 2-5 with three no-decisions over
that span. ... It was Arizona's first win in seven tries this
season at Pacific Bell Park. ... Most of the scoreboards went blank
in the sixth inning, and some did not return until the following
inning. ... Reliever Noah Lowry and first baseman Lance Niekro made
their major league debuts for the Giants. Niekro is the son of
former pitcher Joe Niekro and the nephew of Hall of Fame pitcher
Phil Niekro.