Webb outduels Peavy as Diamondbacks top PadresApr 28, 2008 - 12:07 AM By Tim Powers PA Sportsticker Contributing Writer
SAN DIEGO (Ticker) - Brandon Webb triumphed in the duel between Cy Young Award winners.
Webb won his sixth straight and Chris Snyder homered to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-1 win and series victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.
The National League Cy Young award winner in 2006, Webb (6-0) outmatched last year's recipient, San Diego starter Jake Peavy, by tossing six innings and allowing just one run in a game that tied the record for the hottest temperature (91 degrees) for an April game at Petco Park.
The 28-year-old Webb gave up five hits while striking out five batters and walking four.
"I used (my changeup) for a couple of big strikeouts today," Webb said. "I sat in the dugout before I went out and knew it was going to be a hot one. You just stay cool, go down in the tunnel to get some 'AC' before you go back out, but it was hot."
Juan Cruz and Tony Pena each contributed a scoreless inning before Brandon Lyon retired the side in order in the ninth to convert his seventh save in nine chances.
"It was about what we expected," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. "Both of (the starters) were outstanding. It was just one blow off of Peavy."
Snyder, battling flu-like symptoms that forced him out of Saturday's lineup, accounted for the only hit against Peavy before the sixth inning. But the two-run blast gave Arizona a 2-0 advantage and was all the run support Webb would need.
"It was one of those things where you've just got to suck it up and play," Snyder said. "It was a good day, no matter how I feel right now. You look at the result of the game, and it came out as advertised."
San Diego halved the deficit on a sacrifice fly by Jim Edmonds that plated Adrian Gonzalez.
The Padres had a promising scoring chance in the sixth, when they loaded the bases with one out. But Webb fanned Peavy and got Brian Giles on a groundout to escape the jam.
"That's been sort of the story for the last 10 days or so, with runners in scoring position just not getting that key hit," Padres manager Bud Black said. "It's just a situation where we've got some guys who are not swinging the bats like they're capable."
Peavy (3-1) allowed little aside from the home run, giving up four hits over seven innings. The 26-year-old righthander struck out nine and walked three.
"I just didn't do what I needed to do for us to beat a great pitcher on the other side today," Peavy said. "That one (home run) pitch cost us the ballgame. I gave up two runs, and it's going to be hard to score three against Webb."
Khalil Greene had two hits for the Padres, who have lost 10 of 12.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
- - - - - - - - - - - -
ARIZONA 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 1
SAN DIEGO 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 (FINAL)
BATTERIES: ARI - BRANDON WEBB, JUAN CRUZ (7TH), TONY PENA (8TH), BRANDON LYON
(9TH) AND CHRIS SNYDER
SDG - JAKE PEAVY, HEATH BELL (8TH), CLA MEREDITH (9TH)
AND JOSH BARD
Apr 27 6:47 PM
AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
SACRIFICE FLY BY JIM EDMONDS SCORED ADRIAN GONZALEZ.
SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K KOUZMANOFF ON FIRST, 1 OUT
CURRENT SCORE: ARIZONA 2
SAN DIEGO 1 BOTTOM, 4TH
DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: K GREENE (.216, 1-FOR-1)
Diamondbacks 2, Padres 1 Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 27 5:02 PM
AT SAN DIEGO - SCORING UPDATE
TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CHRIS SNYDER (1) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2
OUT IN THE 2ND OFF JAKE PEAVY SCORED STEPHEN DREW.
CURRENT SCORE: ARIZONA 2, SAN DIEGO 0
DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: B WEBB (.200, 0 HR, 4 RBI)
Diamondbacks 2, Padres 0 Top 2, 0 OutsApr 27 4:30 PM
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