Arizona (78-73) at Los Angeles (80-69)

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  • Game info: 10:10 pm EDT Wed Sep 17, 2003
  • TV: ESPN
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Brandon Webb looks to continue his brilliant rookie season as the Arizona Diamondbacks resume a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

Webb, called into action in late April after Arizona aces Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling went down with injuries, boasts a 2.62 ERA—fourth-best in the National League.

The 24-year-old right-hander had surrendered three earned runs or fewer in 10 straight starts before allowing four runs and six hits over seven innings in Arizona’s 5-4 win over Los Angeles last Wednesday. Webb struck out two and walked one, but did not receive a decision.

Webb has gone at least seven innings in four of his last five starts, and is bidding to tie fellow righty Miguel Batista for the team lead in victories with 10.

The Diamondbacks dampened the Dodgers’ playoff hopes while improving their faint postseason chances with Tuesday’s series-opening 3-2 win.

Schilling pitched seven strong innings and Junior Spivey drove in two runs as Arizona moved within six games of NL wild card-leading Florida. The Dodgers remained 2 1/2 games back of the Marlins.

Jeromy Burnitz homered for the Dodgers, who had won eight of their previous 10 games.

The Diamondbacks have won five of six.

STANDINGS: Diamondbacks - 3rd place, 15 GB, NL West. Dodgers - 2nd place, 12 GB, NL West.

DIAMONDBACKS PROBABLE STARTER: Webb (9-7, 2.62 ERA). Webb’s start last Wednesday was the first of his career against Los Angeles. He is 4-4 despite a 1.93 ERA in 13 road appearances, including 12 starts, this year.

DODGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Odalis Perez (12-11, 4.35 ERA). Perez had won six of seven starts before enduring a hard-luck 2-0 loss at Arizona on Thursday. The crafty left-hander surrendered a pair of unearned runs over seven brilliant innings, but was outpitched by Arizona’s Chris Capuano, who combined with two relievers on a four-hitter. Perez is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA 12 career appearances, including 11 starts, against Arizona.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Diamondbacks - Luis Gonzalez, .299 avg., 24 HRs, 98 RBIs and 88 runs; Steve Finley, 14 SBs. Dodgers - Paul Lo Duca, .282 avg.; Burnitz, 29 HRs; Shawn Green and Adrian Beltre, 76 RBIs; Green, 79 runs; Dave Roberts, 38 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Diamondbacks, 9-8.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Diamondbacks - RHP Matt Mantei has converted 24 of his 27 save opportunities this season. … RF Raul Mondesi left Tuesday’s game in the seventh after re-aggravating a right hip flexor injury that originally occurred Sept. 2. He’s day-to-day. … The Diamondbacks opened their final road trip of the season Tuesday. After three games at Dodger Stadium, they’ll play three each at Milwaukee and Colorado before concluding with a three-game homestand against St. Louis. Arizona has yet to be mathematically eliminated from the wild-card race, but the Diamondbacks would need significant help from other teams to make the playoffs for the fourth time in six years. Dodgers - LHP Perez is 6-3 with a 2.73 ERA in 10 home starts this year. … The Dodgers bullpen has the fewest blown saves in the majors with seven, and leads the majors with 54 saves and a 2.33 ERA. … Los Angeles has lost three straight to Arizona, including the final two games of a four-game series at Bank One Ballpark last week.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Diamondbacks - 34-39 on the road; Dodgers - 44-32 at home.

INJURIES: Diamondbacks - OF Mondesi (hip), day-to-day; RHP Mike Koplove (shoulder), 60-day DL. Dodgers - OF Brian Jordan (knee), 60-day DL; LHP Troy Brohawn (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Darren Dreifort (knee), 60-day DL; RHP Alfredo Gonzalez (shoulder), 60-day DL; LHP Derek Thompson (elbow), 60-day DL.

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B. Webb TEX vs. E. Jackson SD
10-9 Record 2-1
2.84 ERA 2.45
172 K 19
68 BB 11
1.15 WHIP 1.27