Arizona (44-47) at San Diego (48-42)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Fri Jul 15, 2005
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Brandon Webb is on a personal three-game losing streak, but his manager doesn’t think it’s completely his fault.

Webb will try to end his skid for the Arizona Diamondbacks when they continue a four-game series with the NL West-leading San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

Webb fell to 0-3 with a 5.32 ERA over his last three outings after surrendering six runs and nine hits over eight innings in a 6-2 loss to Cincinnati last Saturday. The Diamondbacks have scored two runs or fewer in five of Webb’s six losses this year.

“We have to string more hits together. Period,” Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. “We’re not putting pressure on them where they’re having to make the pitch. Tonight, they put pressure on Brandon where he had to make a pitch.”

The 26-year-old right-hander is 0-1 with a 3.48 ERA in three starts against the Padres this season. The Diamondbacks have scored a total of six runs in those outings.

Webb is 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA in a pair of career starts at Petco Park.

Arizona opened this series with a 6-0 win Thursday as Javier Vazquez ended a personal four-game losing streak. Vazquez yielded four hits in eight innings and retired his last 10 batters.

The win pulled the second-place Diamondbacks within 4 1/2 games of the Padres. Though San Diego is the only team in the mediocre West with a winning record, Arizona is still well within striking distance with nine games left between the teams.

Shawn Green continued his recent surge with three hits Thursday, including an RBI single in the first inning that opened the scoring. Green is hitting .349 (15-for-43) over his last 11 games.

Padres starter Woody Williams will shoot for his fourth straight win when he takes the mound Friday. He is 3-0 with a 3.28 ERA over his last four outings.

The veteran right-hander is making his second start of the season against the Diamondbacks after allowing three runs and six hits over 5 2-3 innings in a a 5-2 loss on May 1. He is 5-4 with a 3.09 ERA in 13 career starts against Arizona.

Williams gave up two runs and five hits over five innings in a 7-5 win at Houston on July 7. He left after throwing 102 pitches.

“He was up there quite a bit with his number of pitches for five innings,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “He threw a good game for us.”

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14-12 Record 9-12
3.54 ERA 4.85
172 K 106
59 BB 51
1.26 WHIP 1.41