Brandon McCarthy Serves Up More Meatballs Than Olive Garden, Diamondbacks Lose 9-5

After three very good starts in a row, Brandon McCarthy brought back the crap yesterday in Arlington against the Texas Rangers.

McCarthy, who didn't get his earned-run average under seven until the sixth game of the season -- but allowed just one earned run in his last three starts -- gave up six earned runs in 2 2/3 innings pitched yesterday afternoon, as the Diamondbacks lost 9-5.

Wednesday's game in Texas was rained out, so the Diamondbacks won the series after winning both games of a doubleheader in Phoenix on Memorial Day, but this game got ugly fast.

McCarthy wasn't that bad to start off the game, as Lance Berkman singled for the only hit of the Rangers' first inning.

He was hittable, though. Nelson Cruz led of the second inning with a double, and he scored on an A. J. Pierzynski double. Leonys Martin (who?) singled in Pierzynski, but McCarthy was able to avoid major damage, and got out of the second inning with the Diamondbacks down 2-0.

In the third, McCarthy took the honor of being the grand marshal of the hit parade, letting up a single to David Murphy, a double to Adrian Beltre, a single to Nelson Cruz, a two-run homer to Mitch Moreland, and a single to Jurickson Profar, before being pulled from the game with the Diamondbacks down 6-0.

McCarthy gave up nine hits over 2 2/3 innings, and struck out and walked zero.

To McCarthy's credit, he did make a guy swing and miss . . . once -- Beltre whiffed on a 1-0 curveball before hitting a deep double.

After McCarthy's exit, Josh Collmenter gave up three more runs over 2 1/3 innings, to put the Diamondbacks down nine.

We're not really sure what qualifies as starting to mount a "comeback" when you're down by nine, but the Diamondbacks did end up scoring runs.

Paul Goldschmidt doubled with one out in the top of the sixth inning, and Cliff Pennington, Martin Prado, and Miguel Montero singled in order for the Diamondbacks off Rangers starter Justin Grimm. The Diamondbacks were able to score three runs in the inning before Grimm got out of it.

The rest of the D-backs' runs came in the top of the seventh inning, as Goldschmidt singled with two men on, scoring one more run, and Martin Prado did the same a couple batters later, bringing the score to 9-5 after seven innings.

After the Diamondbacks were retired 1-2-3 in the eighth inning, Didi Gregorius and Goldschmidt both reached base on singles with one out in the ninth, but Cliff Pennington grounded into a double play to end the game.

On the bright side, relievers Will Harris, Tony Sipp, and Matt Reynolds all pitched scoreless innings.

Back on the crappy side, Eric Chavez, who's been on a surprising tear this year, left in the middle of his first at-bat with an apparent problem with his oblique.

The Diamondbacks now go to Chicago to play a three-game series against the Cubs, with Wade Miley starting tomorrow against Matt Garza.

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