Brandon Webb got tired of waiting for run support and generated some of his own his last time out.
Webb drove in the go-ahead run and held Cincinnati to just one run and four hits in seven innings for a 2-1 win Saturday. The victory was Webb’s first since July 26 and snapped a 1-9 slump that dated to early June.
“It’s important to get a win for me and the team as well,” said Webb, who is hitting .098. “I had a quick first inning, a tougher second inning, but after that I felt pretty good.”
Webb went 10-9 as a rookie last season, earning a 2.84 ERA in 28 starts and finishing third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. He struck out 172 in 180 2-3 innings while walking only 68, earning an incentive-laden three-year contract worth at least $3.3 million before the start of this season.
However, he has struggled this year, thanks in part to a lack of run support. He had held opponents to two or fewer runs in 10 of 15 starts before Saturday, but earned just one win over that span.
The Diamondbacks lost 2-1 to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday despite a strong outing from staff ace Randy Johnson. Arizona, which has lost 15 of 19, has scored just three runs in Johnson’s last four starts.
“We had plenty of chances to score more, but for some reason we can’t execute when it counts,” Pedrique said. “I don’t know what to say about it anymore. To succeed at the major league level, you have to execute.”