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Arizona finishes with its worst record ever

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks finished their worst
year on a winning streak.

Doug DeVore, Robby Hammock and Juan Brito hit rare home runs,
and the Diamondbacks ended a miserable season Sunday with a 4-1
victory over the San Diego Padres.

Three years after Arizona beat the New York Yankees in Game 7 of
the World Series, the Diamondbacks went a major league-worst
51-111, breaking the previous team record for losses, set when
Arizona finished 65-97 in its initial season, 1998.

"Finally I can get some sleep and just relax," said manager Al
Pedrique, who went 22-61 after taking over for Bob Brenly on July
2. "But I have mixed feelings. It was a great opportunity for
me."

Even with wins Saturday and Sunday, Arizona tied for the
10th-most losses by a team in major league history and finished
with the most in the National League since the 1965 New York Mets
went 50-112. The Diamondbacks, tied with Milwaukee for the fewest
home runs in the major leagues at 135, hit three in a game for the
first time since May 19, an 11-inning win at Atlanta.

Brandon Webb (7-16), who had been 0-2 in five starts since
beating Los Angeles 3-1 on Sept. 1, allowed one run and five hits
in seven innings and walked none. Webb led the major leagues in
walks (119) and wild pitches (17).

"It was definitely my best performance," Webb said. "It was
my only outing of the year that I didn't have a walk. That was
definitely one of the pluses."

David Wells (12-8) gave up four runs and six hits in five
innings, allowing DeVore's third homer of the season, Hammock's
fourth and Brito's third. Wells had been 6-0 in 10 starts since
losing to Pittsburgh on Aug. 7.

"You go from broken bats to bombs," Wells said. "I don't
understand that. I'm going out there trying to win. You know, my
adrenaline was there, my game plan. It was just, the guy hit a
couple of good pitches."

Arizona backed Webb with power, unusual for the Diamondbacks
this season. Arizona, tied with Milwaukee for the fewest home runs
in the major leagues at 135, hit three in a game for the first time
since May 19, an 11-inning win at Atlanta.

"I think he was leaving the ball up a little bit in certain
counts," DeVore said of Wells. "But he came back after I hit the
home run -- in my next at-bat, he just made three of the best
pitches. I couldn't even take the bat off my shoulder. He got real
good real quick."

Mike Koplove and Greg Aquino followed Webb and completed the
six-hitter, with Aquino getting his 16th save.

Hammock homered in the second inning, but Freddy Guzman's RBI
single tied it in the third. DeVore hit a two-run homer in the
bottom half for a 3-1 lead, and Brito homered in the fourth.

San Diego, eliminated from playoff contention Friday night,
finished at 87-75, the Padres best record since they went 98-64 in
1998 and won the NL pennant.

"It's always disappointing when you're close but don't get
there," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's been a pretty good
year, but it could have been a great year and we're disappointed.
It's a big turnaround from last year, though, and we'll learn from
this."

Game notes
Wells remained at 212 victories, tied with Chief Bender for
78th on the career list. ... RHP Justin Germano, the first
reliever, faced only two batters before leaving the game with what
Bochy said was a mild elbow strain. ... The Diamondbacks' home paid
attendance was 2,519,560, the eighth-highest average in the NL at
31,106.