Webb improves to 4-0

Diamondbacks continue hot start to season
By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2008 6:24 PM CDT
San Francisco Giants starter Barry Zito reacts after loading up the bases against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, April 16, 2008. Arizona won...   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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(Newser) – Brandon Webb pitched another gem and, for the first time, has begun a season by winning his first four starts. Barry Zito has lost his opening four starts for the first time. Webb and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat Zito and the San Francisco Giants 4-1 Wednesday in a matchup featuring a pair of former Cy Young award winners that seem to be headed in different directions.

Webb hit an early two-run single and made it stand up. The 2006 NL Cy Young winner gave up three hits over eight innings and won his sixth straight decision since last September. The sinkerballer struck out the side in the first inning, throwing 10 of his 11 pitches for strikes. He got through both the fifth and sixth innings on only five pitches each time, and wound up with five strikeouts.