Diamondbacks 1, Marlins 0

It took nine starts, but Brandon McCarthy finally got his first

win with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

McCarthy pitched a three-hitter for his first win since being

struck in the head by a line drive last season, helping the Arizona

Diamondbacks beat the Miami Marlins 1-0 on Saturday night.

”He just got on a roll and we left him in there,” Arizona

manager Kirk Gibson said. ”He did it quickly, that was the best

sign of all.”

Gerardo Parra led off the game with a home run for Arizona,

which has won four in a row while dealing the Marlins a season-long

seven-game losing streak.

”It was a good baseball game,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond

said. ”The outcome wasn’t good for us but it was a good game. I

thought guys were aggressive. We got good pitches to hit, but we

can’t get out of the other end of these tight games.”

McCarthy (1-3) struck out five and walked two while throwing 68

of 99 pitches for strikes in his third career shutout, first since

Sept. 3, 2011, against Seattle.

”It’s something that I want to do and be able to follow through

on,” said McCarthy of his seventh career complete game.

McCarthy was hit in the head by an Erick Aybar line drive on

Sept 5. 2012, against the Angels while with Oakland. He suffered a

skull fracture and underwent surgery to end his season.

He signed a two-year deal with Arizona in December and went

without a win in his first eight starts with his new club.

”The win part, I don’t care, like I said last week, it’s a win

for us, which is the only thing I care about,” McCarthy said. ”My

numbers and stats are really inconsequential. It’s nice that we

were able to get it and it was nice that I was a big part of that,

but that’s how I look at it.”

Last Sunday, McCarthy was pulled after eight scoreless innings

and 88 pitches, and Arizona’s relievers blew a late lead during a

4-2 loss in 10 innings to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Parra’s home run to right-center field came on the first pitch

from Tom Koehler (0-2) on Saturday. It was Parra’s third career

leadoff home run and it came on the advice of batting coach Don

Baylor.

”I talked to him before the game and he said, `Just swing first

pitch’ and he was right,” Parra said. ”He’s got more experience

than me.

It was the first time since Sept. 14, 1993, in which a game

featured a leadoff home run on the first pitch of the game and that

was the only run scored, according to the Elias Sports Bureau when

Carlos Garcia accomplished the feat for the Pirates against the

Marlins.

”You’re just trying to throw a first-pitch strike, but I don’t

think you could have put it on a tee any better,” Koehler said.

”He swings first pitch and he got exactly what he was looking for.

And he took care of it.”

Miami had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the first on

Chris Coghlan’s single to right, but Parra threw out Derek Dietrich

at the plate to end the inning.

”The throw there, we’ve seen it a lot,” Gibson said. ”It’s

unreal how good he is and how accurate and strong his arm is. It

was a big play for us.”

McCarthy retired the next 14 batters he faced until Adeiny

Hechavarria singled in the sixth. Hechavarria advanced to second on

a passed ball, but McCarthy struck out Dietrich to end the

inning.

”From about the second inning on I was kind of able to get back

to (a focus point) and at least repeat my delivery, make some

pitches, and turn the game over to my favor instead of the first

where everything was a little too optimal and too hittable,”

McCarthy said.

The Marlins had another scoring opportunity in the seventh after

a balk by McCarthy advanced Marcell Ozuna to second, but Placido

Polanco lined out to end the threat.

McCarthy retired the final nine batters to complete a 2-hour,

24-minute gem.

Koehler, making his third career start, limited the Diamondbacks

to one run and three hits over six innings. He struck out seven and

walked two.

Ryan Webb pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings in relief to extend

his scoreless streak to 16 2-3 innings for Miami.

Notes: McCarthy has walked three batters or fewer in 68 straight

starts, the third-longest active streak in baseball. …

Diamondbacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt went 1 for 4 and is hitting .426

(23 for 54) with seven home runs and 17 RBIs in May. … Marlins 1B

Logan Morrison (knee) will begin a rehab assignment on Monday with

Class A Jupiter. … Arizona LHP Wade Miley (3-2, 3.75 ERA) will

take the mound in Sunday’s series finale against Marlins RHP Ricky

Nolasco (2-5, 4.39 ERA).