Brandon Webb took an inning to settle down, but by then it was too late.
Webb allowed just two hits and one run in his final six innings of work, but it came after three Colorado scores in the opening frame as the Rockies held on for a 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday at Chase Field.
The loss keeps Arizona in a virtual tie for first place in the NL West with the Padres, who were blanked 5-0 by the Dodgers.
“I couldn’t get settled in,” Webb said. “… Other than that first inning, I seemed to be all right.”
Webb seemed frustrated early by home-plate umpire Bill Miller’s strike zone, and it came to a head in the fourth inning when he became animated after not getting a call from Miller.
“I got a little hot there,” Webb said.
“You know what? He had a point,” Arizona manager Bob Melvin said.
Webb and Miller chatted during Webb’s next plate appearance, and he only allowed one more hit the rest of the way. The offense, though, couldn’t get the lead back.
A solo homer from Matt Holliday made it 4-2 in the third, and while an Eric Byrnes groundout scored Orlando Hudson in the seventh to cut the lead to one, the D-Backs could not do any more damage.
Chris Young struck out looking with runners on first and third with two outs in the eighth, and Tony Clark grounded into a game-ending double play in the ninth.
Padres at D-Backs
Today: 1:40 p.m., Greg Maddux (10-9, 3.79 ERA) vs. Micah Owings (6-7, 4.51)
Tuesday: 6:40 p.m. (Ch. 3), Chris Young (9-5, 2.38), vs. Doug Davis (12-11, 4.09)
Wednesday: 6:40 p.m. (FSN Arizona), TBA vs. Livan Hernandez (9-9, 4.67)