PHOENIX (AP) -- A team all too accustomed to double-digit losses
pieced together a rare pitching gem on Saturday.
Arizona won for the third time in 14 games. In that stretch, the
Diamondbacks had allowed more than 10 runs six times, twice in the
previous three games. They had not shut out an opponent since July
28 against the Cubs in Chicago.
"It's just a game that we needed to win just to get off this
streak we've been in," Webb said. "No matter how we won it, 10-9,
whatever, we just rally needed to win a ballgame."
The Phillies, starting the day with a 1½-game lead in the NL
wild card race, fell to 3-2 on a 14-day, 12-game trip.
Jon Lieber (12-12) retired his first 14 batters and blanked the
Diamondbacks on three hits through six innings. But in the seventh,
Chad Tracy doubled with one out and Cintron golfed a two-out fly
ball barely over the glove of leaping right fielder Bobby Abreu for
his third pinch-hit homer of the season.
On a 1-2 pitch, Lieber threw a slider low and inside going for
the strikeout. The pitch was so low it almost bounced, Cintron
said. "I honestly don't know how that ball went out."
Teammate Luis Gonzalez called it "a good 5-iron shot."
"I made the pitch where I wanted to," Lieber said. "He just
put the bat right on the ball, Seriously, I thought it was a fly
Lieber fell to 0-7 in his career against Arizona, including 0-5
in Phoenix. He allowed two runs and five hits in 7 1/3 innings,
striking out six, walking one and hitting a batter.
"I've either got pounded by these guys or had some tough games
like today," Lieber said. "It's just the way it goes. You can't
really dwell on it. You just move on."
With his trademark sinker keeping the Phillies off balance, Webb
(11-10) gave up five hits and walked four, one intentionally. He
struck out six.
Jose Valverde came on to strike out two in the eighth, then
pitched a scoreless ninth for his fifth save in seven chances.
Philadelphia loaded the bases against Webb in the second and
A single by Pat Burrell and double by Ryan Howard put runners on
second and third with one out in the second. Webb struck out David
Bell, then walked Todd Pratt intentionally to load the bases and
bring up Lieber, hitting .057.
After running the count to 3-1, Lieber bounced out to end the
In the seventh, singles by Howard and Pratt put runners at first
and second with one out. Lieber struck out trying to bunt, and
Jimmy Rollins walked. Kenny Lofton grounded out hard to second to
end the threat.
Tracy's broken-bat, infield single ended Lieber's perfect start
with two outs in the fifth.
Arizona loaded the bases in the sixth but came up empty. With
two outs, Craig Counsell doubled, then Royce Clayton put down a
bunt single that rolled dead just inside the third-base line.
Gonzalez loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch, then Tony
Clark flied out.
After the game, the Phillies announced they had acquired OF
Michael Tucker from San Francisco for minor league RHP Kelvin
Pichardo. ... Arizona OF Shawn Green missed his second game in a
row following the birth of his daughter Chandler Rose on Friday. He
is expected back in the lineup Sunday night. ... The Phillies lost
to an NL West team for only the eighth time in 31 games this
season. ... Arizona ended a six-game home losing streak to the
Phillies and beat Philadelphia for only the third time in their
last 13 meetings.