Diamondbacks 6, Braves 1: Ashland native Brandon Webb has been masterful on the mound this season in racking up the most wins in the majors. So for his latest outing he turned his focus toward his performance at the plate.
Webb pitched six strong innings for his 17th win and hit a two-run double to lead the host Diamondbacks to a victory over Atlanta. Webb (17-4) allowed one run and six hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
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With Arizona leading 4-0 with two outs in the fourth inning and Jamie D'Antona standing on second, Atlanta starter Mike Hampton intentionally walked Chris Burke to get to Webb. But the former University of Kentucky pitcher lined a double over the outstretched glove of Jeff Francouer in center, scoring D'Antona and Burke to put the Diamondbacks ahead 6-0.
”Every now and then you get lucky and get a base hit,“ Webb said.
After loading the bases twice in the sixth and surrendering a sacrifice fly, Webb escaped by fielding Francouer's grounder and starting an inning-ending double play.
”We had a chance to get to him, and they got out of it with a double play,“ Braves third baseman Chipper Jones said. ”That's what he does. Brandon Webb is unbelievable, the probable Cy Young Award winner again.“
Cubs 6, Cardinals 2: Ryan Dempster earned his 13th win, and the host Cubs won a game in which Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter left with another injury. Ronny Cedeno's double capped a five-run sixth inning for the Cubs. Carpenter (0-1), making his third start since opening day last year, left during the inning with a strained right triceps. He pitched 51⁄3 innings, allowing six hits and four runs — two earned — as the Cards fell seven games behind the first-place Cubs in the NL Central. Dempster (13-5) took a shutout into the seventh before Joe Mather hit a two-out RBI double.
White Sox 6, Red Sox 5: Carlos Quentin hit his AL-leading 32nd homer, Jim Thome and Jermaine Dye connected, and the host White Sox beat Boston to take back the AL Central lead from the Twins. Nifty relief pitching from Octavio Dotel helped preserve the win for the White Sox, who began the day a half game behind the Twins, 5-4 losers to the Royals in 12 innings. Dotel came in with Chicago clinging to a 6-5 lead with one out in the seventh after Matt Thornton walked Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and J.D. Drew to load the bases. Dotel got a double-play grounder from Mike Lowell to end the threat and retired the side in the eighth. Bobby Jenks then pitched a perfect ninth for his 24th save in 27 chances.
Indians 4, Blue Jays 0: Cliff Lee worked eight shutout innings for his AL-leading 16th win, and the visiting Indians completed a three-game sweep. Lee (16-2) lowered his ERA to 2.45, moving him ahead of Oakland's Justin Duchscherer (2.51) for the major-league lead. He gave up eight hits with no walks. The left-hander is responsible for 16 of his teams 52 wins (31 percent), the highest percentage of any major-league pitcher.