Diamondbacks 2, Reds 1

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PHOENIX (AP)—Brandon Webb was in control on the mound—and at the plate— against the Cincinnati Reds.

Webb allowed one run in seven solid innings for his second win in 15 starts and also drove in the go-ahead run in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 2-1 victory Saturday night.

“I’d take anything I could,” Webb said. “I knew all I had to do was put the ball in play anywhere and we’d have a chance to get a run in.”

Chad Tracy had an RBI double for the Diamondbacks, who are 2-3 since snapping a nine-game losing streak last Sunday.

Webb (5-14) allowed four hits, struck out five and walked five—one intentionally—for his first win since July 26 at Houston.

“It’s important to get a win for me and the team as well,” Webb said. “I had a quick first inning, a tougher second inning, but after that I felt pretty good.”

Shane Nance pitched a scoreless eighth, and Greg Aquino threw a perfect ninth for his sixth save in as many chances.

“This kid is amazing,” Arizona manager Al Pedrique said of Aquino, the Diamondbacks’ third closer this season. “For his young age, it’s amazing his poise. When he comes in, it’s like no big deal to him.”

Cincinnati nearly tied it with two outs in the seventh. With pinch-runner Wily Mo Pena on second, Ryan Freel hit a sharp grounder to the left of second base. Shortstop Alex Cintron smothered the ball on the grass behind the bag, scrambled to his feet as Pena rounded third and threw home to catcher Chris Snyder, who tagged out Pena for the final out.

“Obviously, the opportunities were kind of scarce,” Reds manager Dave Miley said. “Probably the only chance he would have had besides what he did is probably to try and slide to the outside. Cintron did his job and knocked the ball down, came up and made a nice throw.”

Snyder went 2-for-3 with a double in his major league debut.

“I just wanted to get the first inning out of the way,” Snyder said. “I wanted to make the first throw back to the pitcher and first throw down to second, and after that, it felt all right.”

The Reds had another scoring threat in the eighth when Nance issued consecutive two-out walks to Adam Dunn and D’Angelo Jimenez. Nance then struck out Darren Bragg looking to end the inning.

The Diamondbacks fell behind 1-0, but scored twice in the second inning against Aaron Harang (7-6).

Shea Hillenbrand and Tracy led off with consecutive doubles to tie the game at 1. Scott Hairston walked and Snyder singled for his first major league hit to load the bases.

Webb followed with a run-scoring groundout to give Arizona a 2-1 lead. It was Webb’s fourth RBI of the season.

Jacob Cruz gave Cincinnati a 1-0 lead in the second when his double off the left-field wall scored Jimenez from first.

Harang allowed six hits in six innings for his third straight loss. He walked one and struck out two.

“I threw well,” Harang said. “You have to give Brandon Webb credit. He made one less mistake than I did. I can go back and second-guess my pitches all I want when they scored those runs, but I felt like I threw well and started cruising after that second inning.”


After the game, the Diamondbacks optioned outfielder Doug Devore to Triple-A Tucson and recalled shortstop Jerry Gill from Tucson. … Plate umpire Jerry Crawford left with one out in the bottom of the second with sciatica in his left side. Phil Cuzzi, who started at first base, took Crawford’s place behind the plate. Crawford was examined by the Diamondbacks’ physician and is expected to be on the field Sunday. … Arizona is 2-18 on Saturdays. … An MRI on Reds reliever Danny Graves revealed only a lower-back sprain, with no bulging disks. Graves was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with lower back spasms. … Reds shortstop Barry Larkin pinch hit for Harang in the seventh and struck out, but moved into third place on the team’s career list for games played with 2,159.

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