McCarthy, Goldschmidt lift DBacks over Padres 6-1

Brandon McCarthy chalked up his recent struggles to mechanical

flaws.

After earning only two wins with the Arizona Diamondbacks this

season, McCarthy consulted video and worked with pitching coach

Charles Nagy.

The result was one of his best outings of the season.

McCarthy turned in seven strong innings, and Paul Goldschmidt

drove in two runs to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 6-1 victory

over the San Diego Padres on Monday night.

After a shaky first inning, the 6-foot-7 McCarthy (3-8) allowed

only four runners over his final six innings. It was his first win

since he beat San Diego on May 28. His other victory was a shutout

at Miami on May 18.

”I felt I carried my weight, and nice to see a positive

result,” McCarthy said. ”I never felt that strong this season and

went back to watch video from before I went on the disabled list

last season. I saw some mechanical issues, made a few adjustments,

and am satisfied with the results.”

McCarthy lasted only into the third inning in his previous

start, a 10-7 loss to the Reds. He allowed seven runs and eight

hits in 2 1-3 innings.

Goldschmidt stretched his NL-leading RBI total to 103 with his

first triple of the season and a ground out. He has the most RBIs

for an Arizona hitter since Luis Gonzalez drove in 104 in 2003.

After Will Venable and Alexi Amarista opened the game with

singles, Yonder Alonso hit a grounder wide of first. Goldschmidt

fielded the ball and threw to second to force Amarista, but

shortstop Didi Gregorius’ throw to first was wide and beyond

McCarthy, who was covering the bag. Venable scored the unearned

run.

But that was all the Padres would get against McCarthy and Eury

De La Rosa, who pitched a perfect final two innings.

”The story was we couldn’t get any runs,” Padres manager Bud

Black said. ”I thought (starter Tyson Ross) was fine.”

Between the first inning and when he left the game, McCarthy

allowed a one-out single in the third to Venable, a two-out single

in the fourth to Chase Headley and a two-out single to Ross (3-7)

in the fifth. He hit Jedd Gyroko with a pitch with two out in the

sixth.

”I didn’t think I threw all that bad in the first inning,”

McCarthy said. ”I just followed (catcher) Miguel Montero’s lead

and didn’t shake him off one time.”

Though his pitch count was 58 through four innings, McCarthy was

more efficient in the later innings. He threw 93 pitches in seven

innings.

Adam Eaton was hit by a pitch to open the fourth, and

Goldschmidt hit a twisting drive into the right field corner that

hit off the fence.

Martin Prado then followed with a sacrifice fly to give Arizona

a 2-1 lead. Prado’s grounder to third with the bases loaded in the

sixth was booted by Headley. Two more runs scored to make it

4-1.

Prado has hit in 11 of his last 12 games for a .361 average, and

has driven in 19 runs in that stretch.

”I’m taking advantage of the situation,” he said. ”I had a

difficult course over the first few months and it’s good to get

going this way.”

In the seventh, Goldschmidt grounded into a force play with the

bases loaded, scoring Aaron Hill.

NOTES: Former Arizona right-hander Ian Kennedy faces his former

teammates for the first time Tuesday night. In his four starts with

San Diego, Kennedy is 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA. The Arizona starter is

undecided. … The Padres had won five of their past six games at

Arizona. . Padres CF Reymond Fuentes made his major league debut

and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. … The crowd of 16,871 was the

Diamondbacks’ smallest at home this season.