ST. LOUIS (AP) -
got the best of
in the game's biggest at-bat,
made history and the
crept closer in the NL West.
Webb won his 22nd game while winding up a seven-inning, 121-pitch stint with a big strikeout of Pujols and Drew became only
the third shortstop in major league history with 40 doubles, 10 triples and 20 homers in a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis
Cardinals on Monday night.
''It looked like he was about out of gas, but my best guy and their best guy and he ended up striking him out,'' manager
said, recounting the Webb-Pujols confrontation with two men on and Arizona leading by a run. ''With what was at stake, if
he ends up giving a hit to him you can almost semi-live with it.''
Three weeks after hitting for the cycle against St. Louis right-hander Joe Pineiro, Drew came within a triple of another and
drove in two runs. The others to reach the 40-10-20 milestone are
(1980 and '82) and
''He does it in non-dramatic fashion, just goes out there and does his thing,'' Melvin said. ''He probably won't get too riled
up about knowing what he accomplished tonight, but he's in pretty fast company.''
The ever-steady Drew proved his manager right.
''I don't look at stats until the end of the season,'' he said. ''It's just a good feeling to get 20 but it's also a good
feeling to get the win. We're coming down to the wire.''
had two hits and an RBI for the Diamondbacks, who have won seven of eight and are two games behind the idle Dodgers with six
games to go. Arizona has won three in a row on the road on the heels of a franchise-record 10-game road losing streak.
''It feels good,'' Webb said. ''We're still going to take it day by day, but we're playing with some confidence.''
had three hits apiece for the Cardinals, who have lost 10 of 12 and are only four games above .500 for the first time since
they were 24-20 on May 16. St. Louis' magic number is one to be eliminated from postseason contention.
''It's tough, nobody likes to lose,''
said. ''It seems like we can't get any of the breaks to go our way.''
Webb (22-7) tied the Indians'
for the major league victory lead. Webb has won three straight starts, allowing only four earned runs in 22 innings. He allowed
two runs and seven hits in seven innings, one of them scoring on his first balk of the season. The Cardinals had only three
hits in 18 at-bats with a runner on.
''We came so close so many times,'' manager
Tony La Russa
said. ''A lot of frustration in that game.''
Drew is 10-for-18 against the Cardinals with two homers and three RBIs, including a fourth-inning RBI double that put the
Diamondbacks ahead 2-1 and his 20th homer in the sixth for a 3-1 lead. Drew also singled to open the game, advanced on a wild
pickoff throw by
(12-9) and easily scored on Jackson's one-out double.
The Cardinals tied it in the bottom of the first, benefiting when Pujols got new life on an apparent swinging third strike
that was ruled a foul tip. Pujols was on first when Webb flubbed a third-to-first pickoff move.
But Webb bested the Cardinals' MVP candidate in the seventh, striking out Pujols on a 2-2 changeup to end the inning with
runners on first and third. St. Louis narrowed the gap to 3-2 on
's run-scoring groundout earlier in the seventh and missed a chance to tie it when Izturis was held up at third with a good
shot to score on Lopez' single.
''He's obviously one of the best hitters in the league,'' Webb said of Pujols. ''I went with what I thought was the best pitch
at the time, it kind of stayed up and he swung over it. That was big.''
The Diamondbacks restored the two-run lead in the eighth on pinch hitter
's RBI double off
escaped unscathed after the Cardinals had two on and none out in the eighth and
finished for his seventh save in 15 chances.
Wellemeyer lost his third straight start, allowing three runs on nine hits in six innings. He's 1-5 in his last six decisions
despite a 3.32 ERA in that span.
''I felt pretty good and had some good stuff working,'' Wellemeyer said. ''That's an aggressive team and stuff didn't go our
The Cardinals just missed turning an inning-ending double play on Webb's one-out grounder to second against a drawn-in infield
in the fourth, a call at first that La Russa argued was an out, one at-bat before Drew's RBI double. The Cardinals' relay
from right fielder
to Lopez at second to the plate caught Webb trying to score for the final out of the inning.
struck out twice and has 198 on the year, one off the major league record set last year by the Phillies'
, right behind at 195 strikeouts.
Notes: Cardinals C
has had only two at-bats in 11 games since bruising his right thigh in a home-plate collision with Cubs pitcher
on Sept. 10, although La Russa expects him to play sometime in the final week. ...
walked twice and has a major league-high 117 walks. ... Drew is batting .395 (17-for-43) in his last 10 games overall.