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Webb fans seven in eight innings of work

MIAMI (AP) -- Brandon Webb gave the Arizona Diamondbacks a big
lift.

Troy Glaus and Chad Tracy homered in the eighth inning to
support Webb and lead Arizona to a 3-1 victory over the Florida
Marlins on Thursday night.

Webb (10-8) limited Florida to four hits and a walk in eight
innings. He struck out seven to help the Diamondbacks avoid being
swept in the three-game series.

"You talk about right on time, we needed that one big,"
manager Bob Melvin said.

Arizona had lost six of eight to drop four games behind in the
NL West since gaining a share of the division lead on July 31.

"Every win is big for us," Glaus said. "We have 50-some games
left, we have to win as many as we can. Tonight it worked out for
us."

With Arizona trailing 1-0 through seven despite Webb's strong
outing, Tracy tied it in the eighth with a leadoff shot off
left-hander Valerio de los Santos (1-2), who left after allowing
Luis Gonzalez's single.

Antonio Alfonseca relieved and got Tony Clark to ground to first
as Gonzalez advanced to second. Glaus followed with a towering
drive into the left-field stands. Left fielder Miguel Cabrera never
budged as the 438-foot shot soared way overhead and deep into the
lower-deck stands.

"I hit it far enough, that's all that matters," Glaus said.

Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his fourth save in six
opportunities.

Marlins starter Brian Moehler scattered six hits in 6 2/3
scoreless innings. He walked Kelly Stinnett with one out in the
seventh and left the game after Webb sacrificed to advance
Stinnett.

With pinch-runner Quinton McCracken on second, de los Santos got
Craig Counsell to ground to first to end the threat.

Juan Pierre had an RBI single in the fifth for the Marlins' lone
run. Chris Aguila led off the inning with a drive high off the
left-field scoreboard wall for a double. One out later, Webb hit
Moehler with a pitch. Pierre hit an RBI single to right to score
Aguila, but Tracy's throw to third easily cut down Moehler.

"We hung in there," Moehler said. "We battled and we won the
series, which is what you want. It would have been nice to get the
sweep here but we took two of three, which is big, and we go play
San Fran tomorrow and hopefully win that series. That's the goal,
win them all from here on out."

Cabrera had an assist in the top half of the inning when catcher
Matt Treanor made a swift tag on his throw to the plate to retire
Stinnett, who was trying to score from second on Tracy's two-out
single.

"It was a win, period," Melvin said. "You struggle like we
did the last few games. Finally we get a few guys on and we don't
get them in, we get a guy thrown out at the plate. You have to
resist the urge to feel like you're snakebit.

Game notes
A fan threw Tracy's home run ball back to the edge of the
pitching mound. De los Santos grabbed the ball and quickly threw it
toward a ball boy. ... Diamondbacks 2B Craig Counsell got his
career-high 18th stolen base in the ninth.