Brandon Webb looks to end a five-start winless streak and help the Arizona Diamondbacks to back-to-back victories for only the second time this month when they face the Seattle Mariners at Chase Field on Tuesday.
Webb (8-3, 2.48 ERA) posted all of his wins during a nine-start span from April 14-May 26, and Arizona (37-39) won all nine of those games. Since then, Webb has failed to record a victory in five appearances, with all of his losses coming in the last three starts.
Webb allowed three runs and eight hits through six innings in a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
“I don’t think he pitched poorly enough to deserve a loss,” said Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin, who was ejected during the fifth inning for arguing balls and strikes.
Webb has never faced Seattle, and has never lost four consecutive starts. He has dropped his last three outings against American League opponents and is 3-7 in his career against them, although his ERA is 2.84.
The Diamondbacks ended a five-game losing streak with a 9-7 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday. Second baseman Orlando Hudson had two hits, homered for the second straight game and drove in four runs for the Diamondbacks, who also snapped eight-game interleague skid.
Since sweeping Atlanta in a four-game series to open June, Arizona has had a season-high seven-game slide and two five-game losing streaks.
“You’re going to go through spells like this, but we’re in the West,” first baseman Conor Jackson said. “Nobody is out of it.”
Arizona is in last place in the NL West, but only three games out of first.
Jarrod Washburn (4-8, 4.84) will try to end his recent struggles for the Mariners. Over his last two starts, the left-hander has given up 11 runs, 15 hits and six walks in 11 innings.
He lost just eight games in each of his last two seasons with the Angels before joining Seattle as a free agent in the offseason.
Washburn allowed five runs over six innings Wednesday, but the Mariners scored six runs after the sixth inning to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-5.
Washburn is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts against the Diamondbacks, but has not faced them since 2001.
Since being swept in a three-game series by Oakland from June 13-15, the Mariners (38-39) have averaged 7.5 runs per game while winning seven of nine from NL foes.
Richie Sexson had two homers and his first five-hit game Sunday in a 9-4 win over San Diego.
“It was a nice day for me,” said Sexson, who has 14 homers this season and a team-high 39 last year. “I felt pretty good the last couple of weeks, just hadn’t gotten a ton of results, but I think that’s a start for me.”
Sexson is hitting .353 (12-for-34) with four homers over his last nine games. The surge has raised his average nearly 20 points to .225.
Seattle is 7-5 against Arizona.