Arizona (10-13) at Philadelphia (10-12)

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  • Game info: 1:35 pm EDT Sun May 2, 2004
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Brandon Webb looks to earn back-to-back victories as the Arizona Diamondbacks conclude a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The 24-year-old right-hander allowed just four hits in seven scoreless innings against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday in the Diamondbacks’ 10-1 win. Webb struck out five and walked three as he used his trademark sinker to induce 14 groundouts.

“It was just typical Brandon Webb,” Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. “Pounding that sinker in there. He threw just enough changeups and curveballs to keep them honest. He’s going to be as good as his sinker is.”

Webb has allowed seven earned runs on 23 hits over 30 innings in five starts for a solid 2.10 ERA this season. He will vie for his second straight win, one day after left-hander Randy Johnson posted consecutive victories for the first time this season.

“The Big Unit” allowed three runs—one earned—and four hits in five innings in the Diamondacks’ 6-4 victory Saturday to even the series and snap Arizona’s two game-losing streak.

Pinch-hitter Carlos Baerga hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning for Arizona on Saturday. Bearga, who set a franchise record with 19 pinch hits for Arizona last year, was just 1-for-12 in that role this season and hitless in his previous 10 at-bats.

Danny Bautista had two sacrifice flies but went 0-for-3 Saturday, ending his 21-game hitting streak.

After losing their 10 of their first 14 games this season, the Diamondbacks have won six of their last nine.

The Phillies, who scored two unearned runs on a pair of errors by shortstop Alex Cintron in the third inning Saturday, lost the opportunity to reach .500 for the first time since starting 1-1.

Jim Thome—who leads Philadelphia in batting, home runs and runs scored— did not play Saturday. He didn’t start, and wasn’t used as a pinch hitter in the ninth when the Phillies had the tying run at the plate three times.

“He just wasn’t available,” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. “Leave it at that. He’ll be in the lineup tomorrow.”

Philadelphia will host St. Louis for three games at home before embarking on a 10-game road trip beginning in Arizona.

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B. Webb Tex vs. E. Milton LAD
7-16 Record 14-6
3.59 ERA 4.75
164 K 161
119 BB 75
1.50 WHIP 1.35