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Ojeda man of the hour for Arizona

May 04, 2008|From the Associated Press

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks figure they're going to win every time Brandon Webb pitches.

They didn't expect Augie Ojeda to help make him the majors' first seven-game winner.

Ojeda drove in a career-high six runs Saturday to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 10-4 victory over the New York Mets.

"Six RBIs -- that's incredible for anybody," said Webb (7-0). "He was the difference today."

Starting in place of injured second baseman Orlando Hudson, Ojeda entered with two RBIs. He hit a two-run single in the second, a two-run double in the fifth and a two-run double in the eighth. The last hit keyed a five-run rally.

The 33-year-old Ojeda has grown accustomed to a reserve role. He's played in 247 games since breaking in with the Chicago Cubs in 2000.

He said it's difficult to maintain his stroke during long spells on the bench.

"It's the toughest thing in baseball, I think," Ojeda said. "It's real tough. Your timing's not there. You can hit in the cages . . . but it's not the same as game-like [conditions], a guy throwing 94-95" miles per hour.

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