LOS ANGELES, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Brandon Webb limited Los Angeles to a lone run over eight innings Thursday and the Arizona Diamondbacks opened a crucial series by downing the Dodgers 2-1.
By winning the first of a four-game set, the Diamondbacks moved two games in front of Los Angeles in the National League West.
Webb (15-4) also allowed the Dodgers one run in an eight-inning stint last week, only to have the relief corps collapse in a 6-5 loss.
After Webb gave up six hits and struck out six Thursday, Brandon Lyon came on to earn his 23rd save.
The Dodgers hope to have more pop in their lineup Friday, when newly acquired Manny Ramirez is expected to appear in an LA uniform for the first time. Ramirez was obtained from Boston just before the trade deadline Thursday in a deal that also involved the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Dodgers held a 1-0 lead going into the seventh, but Derek Lowe (8-9) gave up a leadoff double to Conor Jackson, who moved to third on a groundout and scored on Mark Reynolds' two-base hit.
Reynolds came in with the go-ahead run on a single by Chris Snyder.