Webb allowed one run in seven solid innings for his second win
in 15 starts and also drove in the go-ahead run in the Arizona
Diamondbacks' 2-1 victory Saturday night.
"I'd take anything I could," Webb said. "I knew all I had to
do was put the ball in play anywhere and we'd have a chance to get
a run in."
Chad Tracy had an RBI double for the Diamondbacks, who are 2-3
since snapping a nine-game losing streak last Sunday.
Webb (5-14) allowed four hits, struck out five and walked five --
one intentionally -- for his first win since July 26 at Houston.
"It's important to get a win for me and the team as well,"
Webb said. "I had a quick first inning, a tougher second inning,
but after that I felt pretty good."
Shane Nance pitched a scoreless eighth, and Greg Aquino threw a
perfect ninth for his sixth save in as many chances.
"This kid is amazing," Arizona manager Al Pedrique said of
Aquino, the Diamondbacks' third closer this season. "For his young
age, it's amazing his poise. When he comes in, it's like no big
deal to him."
Cincinnati nearly tied it with two outs in the seventh. With
pinch-runner Wily Mo Pena on second, Ryan Freel hit a sharp
grounder to the left of second base. Shortstop Alex Cintron
smothered the ball on the grass behind the bag, scrambled to his
feet as Pena rounded third and threw home to catcher Chris Snyder,
who tagged out Pena for the final out.
"Obviously, the opportunities were kind of scarce," Reds
manager Dave Miley said. "Probably the only chance he would have
had besides what he did is probably to try and slide to the
outside. Cintron did his job and knocked the ball down, came up and
made a nice throw."
Snyder went 2-for-3 with a double in his major league debut.
"I just wanted to get the first inning out of the way," Snyder
said. "I wanted to make the first throw back to the pitcher and
first throw down to second, and after that, it felt all right."
The Diamondbacks fell behind 1-0, but scored twice in the second
inning against Aaron Harang (7-6).
Webb followed with a run-scoring groundout to give Arizona a 2-1
lead. It was Webb's fourth RBI of the season.
Jacob Cruz gave Cincinnati a 1-0 lead in the second when his
double off the left-field wall scored Jimenez from first.
Harang allowed six hits in six innings for his third straight
loss. He walked one and struck out two.
"I threw well," Harang said. "You have to give Brandon Webb
credit. He made one less mistake than I did. I can go back and
second-guess my pitches all I want when they scored those runs, but
I felt like I threw well and started cruising after that second
After the game, the Diamondbacks optioned outfielder Doug
Devore to Triple-A Tucson and recalled shortstop Jerry Gill from
Tucson. ... Plate umpire Jerry Crawford left with one out in the
bottom of the second with sciatica in his left side. Phil Cuzzi,
who started at first base, took Crawford's place behind the plate.
Crawford was examined by the Diamondbacks' physician and is
expected to be on the field Sunday. ... Arizona is 2-18 on
Saturdays. ... An MRI on Reds reliever Danny Graves revealed only a
lower-back sprain, with no bulging disks. Graves was placed on the
15-day disabled list Thursday with lower back spasms. ... Reds
shortstop Barry Larkin pinch hit for Harang in the seventh and
struck out, but moved into third place on the team's career list
for games played with 2,159.