McCarthy’s shutout gives D-backs fourth straight win
MIAMI (AP) — Brandon McCarthy pitched a three-hit complete-game shutout, earning his first win since being struck in the head by a line drive last season, in the Diamondbacks’ 1-0 victory over the Marlins on Saturday night.
Gerardo Parra led off the game with a home run for Arizona, which has won four in a row and extended Miami’s season-long losing streak to seven games.
McCarthy (1-3) struck out five and walked two while throwing 68 of 99 pitches for strikes in his third career shutout, his first since Sept. 3, 2011.
McCarthy was hit in the head by an Erick Aybar line drive on Sept 5., 2012, against the Angels while with the Athletics. He suffered a skull fracture and underwent surgery to end his season. He signed a two-year deal with the Diamondbacks in December and went without a win in his first eight starts with his new club.
Last Sunday, McCarthy was pulled after eight scoreless innings and 88 pitches, and the bullpen blew a late lead in an eventual 4-2 loss in 10 innings to the Phillies.
Parra’s home run to right-center came on the first pitch of the game from Tom Koehler (0-2). It was Parra’s third career leadoff home run.
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.
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.
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.
Koehler, making his third career start, limited the Diamondbacks to one run on three hits over six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
Ryan Webb pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief for the Marlins to extend his scoreless streak to 16 2/3 innings.
NOTES: McCarthy has walked three batters or fewer in 68 straight starts, the third-longest active streak in baseball. … Marlins 1B Logan Morrison (knee) will begin a rehab assignment on Monday with Class A Jupiter. … D-backs 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).