Cincinnati (58-63) at Arizona (37-86)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Sat Aug 21, 2004
  • TV: FSOH
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After challenging for NL Rookie of the Year last year, Brandon Webb could end this season with the most losses in the majors.

Webb will try to avoid his 15th loss when the hapless Arizona Diamondbacks continue their three-game series with the visiting Cincinnati Reds.

In 2003, Webb went 10-9 with a 2.84 ERA in 29 games, finishing third in the voting for Rookie of the Year behind Florida left-hander Dontrelle Willis and Milwaukee outfielder Scott Podsednik.

Things have turned out to be much tougher during his sophomore campaign. Despite pitching to a respectable 3.81 ERA—second only to Randy Johnson on Arizona’s staff—Webb has lost 13 of 15 decisions since going 2-1 with a 2.10 ERA in April.

The 25-year-old right-hander leads the majors with 14 losses, but avoided No. 15 with a solid effort in Arizona’s 8-7 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday. Webb allowed three unearned runs and seven hits, while striking out six and walking three, over six innings.

Webb’s wildness has been his downfall this year, as he leads the NL with 91 walks and 15 wild pitches.

Arizona’s Casey Fossum is second in the NL with 12 losses, while Kansas City’s Darrell May leads the AL with 13.

The Diamondbacks dropped Friday’s series opener 2-0 as rookie Luke Hudson and two Reds relievers combined on a six-hitter to spoil a dominant performance by Johnson, who struck out 14 for the second straight game.

The Diamondbacks have lost 12 of 14 and are 4-13 this month.

Barry Larkin had an RBI single for the Reds, who have won two straight following a three-game slide.

Scott Hairston had a pair of hits for the Diamondbacks, who failed to win consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 3-4.

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