Arizona jumps out to big early lead vs. Wright

DENVER (AP) -- The bullpen thin after a blowout loss and closer Brandon Lyon in need of another day off, the Arizona Diamondbacks
needed a strong outing from Brandon Webb.

He gave them just that.

Webb pitched eight innings to remain unbeaten and Chris Snyder
had three RBI to help the Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 10-4 on Saturday night.

Arizona used three relievers for extended innings in an 18-3 loss to the Rockies on Friday night and manager Bob Melvin was hoping to give Lyon another day of rest after he pitched three straight games.

His sinkerball diving all over, Webb (5-0) gave the Diamondbacks the breathing room they needed, getting 13 groundball outs and seven strikeouts to become the NL's fifth five-game winner.

"Man, we needed him. That was big for us for him to go eight," Melvin said. "We were limited in our bullpen with the Lyon thing and things like that, so that was huge for us."

It certainly helped that the Diamondbacks staked him to a big early lead, reaching Rockies starter Jamey Wright (2-3) for four runs in the first inning and three more in the third. Arizona finished with a season high in runs and had 12 hits after the rout the night before.

Webb pitched well with the lead, allowing one hit through the first three innings before Colorado got a run in the fourth on Preston Wilson's RBI double. The Rockies cut the lead to 7-3 in the fifth on Todd Helton's run-scoring single and a wild pitch that allowed Clint Barmes to score from third.

Helton added a solo homer in the eighth inning, his fifth, but it only cut Arizona's lead to 10-4. Webb was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the ninth after giving up nine hits and four runs.

"It was a big deal to come out and get our team out," Webb said. "For us to score four runs in the first was a big help for sure."

Helton finished 3-for-3 and is 10-for-14 the past four games, but the rest of the Rockies had six hits.

Wright didn't help either. He has been either really good or really bad, allowing one earned run in three starts and at least six in his three others.

This was a bad night.

Wright lasted six innings but gave up seven runs -- four earned -- on eight hits and walked five. It really wasn't that much of a surprise considering how much Wright has struggled at Coors Field -- 14-18 with a 6.90 ERA.

"It really nags at me right now," Wright said. "Maybe I need to go stay in a hotel the night before the game, order some room service or whatever. I just need to do something different. I have good stuff here and make good pitches, it's just one inning that is hurting me and I have to minimize the damage."

The trouble started right away.

Craig Counsell lined Wright's first pitch to right for a double and Chad Tracy hit a hard single two pitches later. Troy Glaus then knocked in a run with a groundout and Shawn Green followed with a run-scoring double.

After an intentional walk to Jose Cruz Jr. and an unintentional one to Royce Clayton, who had one hit in his previous 20 at-bats, Snyder lined a two-run single to right-center to put Arizona up 4-0.

An ugly third inning led to three more runs.

Green started it with a single before Helton was charged with his first error of the season on a wide throw to second. Wright balked both runners over and Snyder drove in his third run with a single to center.

Catcher J.D. Closser then threw wide to second on Webb's sacrifice bunt to allow another run in, and Barmes compounded the mistake by throwing into the camera well next to Colorado's dugout for a third error. Tracy made it 7-0 on a groundout before Wright finally struck out Glaus to end the inning.

"I talk about the emotional pendulum that we can't get involved with," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "On defense, we get excitable at times, trying to make plays that aren't there. And that comes with experience. In the big inning, they were given outs all over the place and we didn't take them."

Arizona added two runs off Blaine Neal in the seventh inning on an RBI double by Tracy and Luis Gonzalez's run-scoring single. Cruz's RBI single off David Cortes in the eighth inning made it 10-3.

Game notes
Counsell was replaced by Alex Cintron in the fifth inning after getting hit on the knee by a pitch in the fourth. X-rays were negative and Melvin said it's possible he could play on Saturday. ... Barmes extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the fifth inning.