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Webb weaves way to win and 8-0 start

May 09, 2008|From the Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Brandon Webb became the first pitcher to win his first eight starts in three years, tossing his 13th career complete game to help the Arizona Diamondbacks defeat the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-3, on Thursday.

The 2006 National League Cy Young Award winner struck out four and didn't walk a batter in his first complete game of the year. He hit one batter.

Webb (8-0) became the first pitcher to win his first eight starts since Jon Garland of the Chicago White Sox in 2005 and the first in the NL since Pedro Martinez for Montreal in 1997.

Webb stifled the Phillies on three hits through eight innings before giving up two runs and three hits in the ninth. Philadelphia's first-inning run was unearned.

Manager Bob Melvin came to the mound after the Phillies scored two runs in the ninth and had a runner on first with one out. Geoff Jenkins then lined one off the pitcher's glove that Webb turned into a game-ending double play.

Brett Myers (2-3) took the loss, giving up seven runs.

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