Arizona’s Brandon Webb will try for his fourth win in as many starts against Colorado this season when the Diamondbacks and Rockies begin a three-game series.
Webb is 3-0 with a 3.68 ERA in three starts against Colorado this year. The 26-year-old right-hander is now 6-3 with a 3.68 ERA in 10 career starts against the Rockies.
Webb is coming off his first win since June 23 as he allowed two runs and three hits over seven innings in a 13-6 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. Webb had been 0-5 with a 6.57 ERA over his previous six starts.
“We came out swinging the bats and that makes it a lot easier when you have that big of a lead,” Webb said. “You can be aggressive and let them hit the ball and hopefully get themselves out, which I was pretty much able to do.”
Webb is 0-5 with a 5.14 ERA over his last seven starts at home.
With Thursday’s 7-3 win, Arizona remained one game behind first-place San Diego in the NL West. Troy Glaus hit one of three homers for the Diamondbacks, who have won just six of their last 16 games at home.
Reliever Jose Valverde recorded the final five outs Thursday for his third save of the season. Valverde has a 0.70 ERA over his last 22 appearances.
The colorful right-hander was recently asked by manager Bob Melvin to cut down on some of his histrionics on the mound after recording a big out.
“He certainly understands there’s a fine line and knows when you’re not necessarily putting your teammates in danger, but maybe showing too much,” Melvin said. “He’s very aware of it and I think he’s handling it beautifully.”
The Rockies blew a chance for their first road series sweep with Thursday’s 6-4 loss at San Francisco. Colorado led 4-1 with one out in the eighth inning before reliever Dan Miceli gave up five straight singles that eventually led to the loss.
“We had one bad inning in three days,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “We played good baseball here.”
Rockies catcher J.D. Closser went 2-for-3 Thursday, recording his third multi-hit game in his last three starts. Closser is batting .393 (11-for-28) since the All-Star break.
“He’s swinging the bat the best that he has all season,” Hurdle said. “He’s really barreling the ball and swinging with confidence.”