Right-hander Brandon McCarthy has not exactly been awesome in his first two starts with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
McCarthy gave up six runs, four of them earned, in his start Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Chase Field, which proved to be an insurmountable total for D-backs hitters, who posted five runs.
McCarthy -- who gave up six earned runs in his first start last week against the St. Louis Cardinals -- ended up staying in the game for almost seven innings, but it wasn't pretty at first.
Starling Marte scored the Pirates' first run in the first inning, off a Garrett Jones single, but McCarthy escaped that inning without any further damage.
D-backs hitters actually gave McCarthy a lead to work with in the bottom of the first, as Miguel Montero doubled home two runs, and Jason Kubel bombed a two-run homer to left.
After giving up singles in the second and third innings, the floodgates opened against McCarthy in the fourth.
The inning opened with Kubel fielding a fly ball in his glove, but failing to actually close the glove (think Jerry Seinfeld explaining car reservations).
After a walk and a fly out, former D-backs infielder John McDonald loaded the bases with a single. Marte doubled home two runs, to cut the Diamondbacks' lead to 4-3. Neil Walker then singled home Marte and McDonald, and two batters later, Jones knocked in the Pirates sixth run on a single.
To McCarthy's credit, he eventually settled in. The fifth and sixth innings were 1-2-3 innings. In the seventh, McCarthy recorded two outs, while allowing a single, but had to be pulled after tossing 115 pitches.
The D-backs' best chance to get back on top came in the bottom of the seventh, after Alfredo Marte led off with a double. Gerardo Parra followed up with a ground-out, but Martin Prado walked, and Aaron Hill walked, loading the bases.
Then came the point where three outs add up quickly. Miguel Montero hit the sac fly to score Marte, but Paul Goldschmidt's fly out ended the inning with just one run scored.
Hill also represented the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth, but popped out in the infield to end the game.
Wade Miley faces off against Jonathan Sanchez today at Chase Field, as the Diamondbacks try to avoid the sweep.