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Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2005 11:22 pm | Updated: 8:25 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

SAN FRANCISCO - Shawn Estes and Mike Koplove decided to track Brandon Webb's pitches from the bullpen Thursday. They got to 60 before they saw a breaking ball.

Webb's sinking fastball may not get the recognition it deserves, but it was so animated that he hardly needed anything else in the Diamondbacks' 7-2 victory over San Francisco before 39,739 fans at SBC Park.

Webb improved to 8-3 while exceeding his 2004 victory total with more than half a season to spare.

He did not throw his first curveball until the seventh inning, by which time he had a 3-1 lead.

"He's the only guy in the league that can do that,'' Koplove said.

"When you have a 'number one' (fastball) like that 'number one,' you can do that,'' partner and part owner Matt Williams said.

Six innings, 60 pitches, 58 fastballs, two change-ups.

And 15 putouts by first baseman Tony Clark, as the Giants pounded ball after ball into the ground.

"Too much Webb,'' Giants manager Felipe Alou said.

"You can tell with Webby right away, when he's getting those ground balls early,'' D-Backs manager Bob Melvin said.

"He has a unique sinker. It goes down a lot more than most do. Then they were trying to be aggressive with him and get a good ball to hit, and it worked well for us to keep his pitch count down.''

Troy Glaus' RBI single in the fifth, after Royce Clayton walked and stole second, gave Webb a 2-1 lead that Luis Gonzalez stretched to 3-1 with a single in the seventh to drive in Craig Counsell, who reached on a bunt single and went to second on Clayton's hit-and-run ground-out.

"I haven't done that much this year,'' Counsell said of his bunt. "It was the right spot for it.''

Every D-Backs regular had a hit and all but Clark scored as the D-Backs (37-37) got back to .500, returning from their 4-6 road trip exactly as they began it, 3 1/2 games behind San Diego, although they jumped ahead of Los Angeles into second place.

"It was a good team win,'' said Quinton McCracken, who had his second two-hit game of the series and drove in the first run of a three-run seventh inning with a single off second baseman Deivi Cruz's glove after Shawn Green opened the inning with a 405-foot triple to right-center.

Pinch-hitter Alex Cintron singled in another run and Counsell added a sacrifice fly before Glaus hit his 17th homer of the season in the ninth.

Webb gave up a run on three singles in the seventh before getting pinch-hitter Michael Tucker to ground out on his 78th pitch. He did not throw more than 11 pitches in an inning until the seventh.

Webb struck out two and did not walk a batter for the second time this season, never even getting to a three-ball count. His ERA fell to 3.20 "I'll definitely take that,'' said Webb, who was 7-16 with a 3.59 ERA last season. "I was around the strike zone most of the day and able to get a lot of ground balls.

"In the bullpen I can usually tell if it (sinker) is going to be pretty good or not. I haven't run into a day when it was going to be bad. It's either going to be really good or OK.

"I'm hoping they are going to be aggressive. If I'm making good pitches like I was today, it keeps my pitch count down. This was probably the most efficient I've been. It definitely feels good to get eight (wins) under the belt."

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