Braves hand Webb second straight loss
Brandon Webb's 9-0 start was rare, and so was his second straight loss. Webb gave up a season-high 10 hits in his shortest start since 2006, with Mark Teixeira driving in four runs to lead the Atlanta Braves over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday, 7-3.
Brandon Webb's 9-0 start was rare, and so was his second straight loss.
Webb gave up a season-high 10 hits in his shortest start since 2006, with Mark Teixeira driving in four runs to lead the Atlanta Braves over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday, 7-3.
"I just wasn't sharp," Webb said. "I started off and everything they hit seemed to find holes. I wasn't working ahead and didn't have a real good fastball. My velocity was down. I got a lot of strikeouts but it didn't seem like I could ever make the big pitch when it counted."
Webb (9-2) allowed seven runs, four earned, in 4 1/3 innings. Since the end of the 2004 season, the only other time Webb failed to finish the fifth inning was when he lasted four innings against San Diego on Oct. 1, 2006.
Webb had won his first nine decisions before losing, 3-1, at Florida last Wednesday.
Arizona manager Bob Melvin said Webb's outing should have been shorter; Webb threw 100 pitches.
"He got a little tired," Melvin said. "I probably should have gotten him out earlier."
Atlanta split the four-game series to complete an 8-3 homestand, the Braves' longest this season. Arizona finished a 2-5 road trip.
Manny Acosta (3-1) pitched two hitless innings to win in relief.Teixeira hit a two-run double in the first and added a two-run single off Webb in the three-run second.
In other games:
* At New York, Luis Gonzalez hit a three-run double for the young and hungry Marlins (30-20), who moved 10 games over .500 for the first time since Sept. 14, 2005, with a 7-3 win over the Mets. They lead the NL East despite a major league-low payroll of $22 million on Opening Day.
Jose Reyes homered twice for the $138 million Mets but committed a two-out error at shortstop in the first inning that led to two unearned runs.
Mike Pelfrey (2-6) dropped his sixth straight start as the Mets (23-26) fell three games below .500 for the first time since Sept. 18, 2005, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Rickey Nolasco (4-3), who beat Beandon Webb in his last start, got the win.
The Mets have lost seven of eight and 10 of 14 overall. With few fans remaining at Shea Stadium in the late innings, a chant of "Fire Willie!" could clearly be heard.
* At Chicago, Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez homered to back Ryan Dempster, leading the Cubs over the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-1. Dempster (6-2) allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings. Kerry Wood earned his 11th save.
The Cubs held a moment of silence before the game for former pitcher Geremi Gonzalez, who was killed Sunday in Venezuela after being hit by lightning.
Gonzalez, 33, led the Cubs with 11 wins in his rookie season in 1997, but battled arm problems and weight issues throughout his career.
"He was a nice young man," manager Lou Piniella said. "He pitched for me a couple years over at Tampa Bay. He was a competitive kid, really good-natured. It's a shame. I liked him a lot."
* At Washington, pinch-hitter Gabe Kapler singled home the decisive run in the 11th inning as the Milwaukee Brewers edged the Nationals, 4-3. *