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When Brandon Webb started the game with a one-two-three first inning and the Diamondbacks came to bat, it seemed like a good omen for those rooting for the desert dwellers.   When Eric Byrnes doubled home Stephen Drew and the D-Backs took a one nothing lead it seemed that the Rockies might be in for a very long night. But maybe the Rockies just wanted to give their opponents a false sense of confidence before taking it all away, because that’s just what they did.   In the second the Rockies loaded the bases on singles by Todd Helton and Garrett Atkins and filled the bases with a walk to Brad Hawpe.   That brought up rookie sensation Troy Tulowitzki with no outs.   Tulowitzki hit a ground ball which was turned into a double play but the tying run scored and the Rockies never looked back. In the meantime Jeff Francis was, if not dominating, certainly pitching well enough to win.  He went 6.2 innings yielding only that single run and giving up seven hits.   In the meanwhile the Rockies hitters made Diamondbacks’ ace Brandon Webb suffer.   Webb struggled with his control and the Rockies made him work so hard that by the time he left after six innings he had already thrown 98 pitches.  That’s a lot for a pitcher who’s expected to pitch in games four and seven of this series. Before he left, however, the Rockies were going to show once again that Webb was a pitcher they liked to hit against.  During the regular season Webb posted an ugly 5.77 ERA against the Rockies, and was even worse against them at home than he had been on the road.  Manager Bob Melvin, along with many before tonight, thought that was an anomaly but tonight against the Rockies his ERA would read 6.00. The Rockies scored three times in the third inning against Webb.  Willy Tavaras, who just returned to the team after missing most of the last month with a leg injury, started the pain with a one out, infield hit.  Several pitches later he stood on second base with his first steal of the postseason.  That brought up the Rockies hero of the first round, Kaz Matsui, who promptly blooped a single to left center, bringing home Tavaras and giving the Rockies a 2-1 lead. MVP contender Matt Holliday then hit a dribbler that just stayed fair for the Rockies second infield hit of the inning and advanced Matsui to second.  It looked like Webb might get out of trouble when the got Todd Helton to line out for the second out of the inning - but that’s when his control deserted him again and a walk to Garrett Atkins loaded the bases.  And the next batter was Brad Hawpe, a guy who hit .450 with the bases loaded this season.   And Hawpe delivered with a two run single. And while Webb held the Rockies for the next three innings, Francis was just as good for the Rockies. The Rockies struck once more in the game, adding an unearned run in the seventh as a misplay by D-Backs first baseman Conor Jackson allowed Yorvit Torrealba to score on what should have been an easy play on a Kaz Matsui grounder. Both bullpens were solid the rest of the way and kept the offenses from scoring and the final score was 5-1.