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D-Backs, Giants split four-game series

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Arizona added Troy Glaus and Shawn Green
last offseason to drive in runs and help return the Diamondbacks to
respectability.

While Arizona is having its share of struggles even with help
from those two talented bats, both contributed timely hits to send
the Diamondbacks home with a victory after another rough road trip.

Glaus homered and Brandon Webb pitched seven strong innings for
his first win in nearly three weeks, leading Arizona over the San
Francisco Giants 7-2 Thursday night.

Green tripled and scored a run for the Diamondbacks, who split
the four-game series and concluded their second straight
disappointing trip at 4-6. Arizona has won only one of its last
nine series since taking two of three at Detroit from May 20-22.

"We need those guys," said Luis Gonzalez, who had two hits,
drove in a run and scored. "It's the reason we brought them in, to
get some big runs for us. We go with those guys."

After an 0-for-4 night with four strikeouts in Wednesday's 4-0
loss, Glaus hit his 17th homer, a solo shot in the ninth, to go
with an RBI double. He missed the second game of the series with a
sore wrist and knee, which is still bothering him.

Quinton McCracken and Alex Cintron each added key eighth-inning
RBI singles for Arizona. Chris Snyder was 0-for-10 in the series
before hitting a double in the eighth.

The Diamondbacks found some positives from another subpar trip:
They left trailing first-place San Diego by 3½ games and travel
back to Phoenix facing the same deficit in the standings.

"When you leave and say you'll come home the same distance
behind as when you left, you can't argue with that," manager Bob
Melvin said.

Webb (8-3) was efficient, needing only 58 pitches to get through
the first six innings and 78 in all. He set down the side in order
in the third, fifth and sixth innings and didn't walk a batter for
the second time this year. After J.T. Snow led off the fourth with
a double, Webb got nine straight outs before Moises Alou started
the seventh with a single. He allowed two runs and seven hits.

The right-hander began the season by winning his first six
decisions but had one victory in five starts since. He pitched his
third career complete game last Saturday at Cleveland but lost 3-1.

Webb also beat the Giants on May 4 in Phoenix with six strong
innings and seven strikeouts. He looked to Mike Koplove in the
shower and told the reliever he'd already surpassed his win total
of seven from last season.

"I'll definitely take that," Webb said. "I was able to keep
my pitch count low, and they were pretty aggressive early."

Arizona returns home for a six-game series beginning Friday
against Detroit, then faces the Giants again for three next week.

Kirk Rueter (2-7) lost his fourth straight start and fifth
consecutive decision and is winless in seven starts since May 13 at
Houston.

"We were right in there when it was 3-2 and it got away from
us," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "Woody threw a pretty good
game today. He had a really good sinker, but he's been a tough-luck
guy. Rueter pitches to a part of the zone that used to be a strike.
It's hard to break out of that."

Rueter stared at the ground and shook his head in frustration as
he made his way into the dugout after giving way to Scott Munter in
the seventh following Gonzalez's RBI single.

"I felt really good today," Rueter said. "I never considered
myself a lucky pitcher. I just try to give my team a chance to win
every time. That's how I approach every game."

Snow and Yorvit Torrealba each had two hits for the Giants, who
had won five of their last eight. They play a weekend interleague
series this weekend at Oakland.

Giants second baseman strained his lower back, which also
bothered him Wednesday night. X-rays were negative and he could
play Friday.

Game notes
Barry Bonds told MLB.com he might play into the 2007 season
if he is approaching Hank Aaron's home run record of 755. ... Webb
is still hitless this season (0-for-23), but has six sacrifice
bunts. ... The Giants claimed OF Alex Sanchez off waivers from
Tampa Bay. Sanchez, the first player suspended for failing a test
under major league baseball's new steroids policy, was designated
for assignment by the Devil Rays on June 13. He is expected to add
depth to the Giants' bench and gives the club some much-needed
speed, a talented bunter and left-handed bat. ... Arizona OF Jose
Cruz Jr., 1-for-17 in his last six games, got the day off. ...
Giants general manager Brian Sabean said the club is in position to
exercise the $10.5 million option for ace Jason Schmidt for next
season. The option would increase by $250,000 if Schmidt pitches
200 or more innings again this year -- he's reached 200 the past two
seasons.