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                  === McCarthy pitches D-backs over Padres ===
 
 Phoenix,  AZ (Sports Network) - Brandon McCarthy pitched seven innings to earn
 his first win in more than three months, as the Diamondbacks pulled away for a
 6-1 triumph over the San Diego Padres.
 
 Martin  Prado drove in three runs and Paul Goldschmidt added a pair of RBI for
 Arizona,  which opened its nine-game homestand with only its second win in six
 contests.  They are  six games  behind  Cincinnati for  the National  League's
 second wild card spot.
 
 McCarthy  (3-8) allowed  five hits and one unearned run. The right-hander also
 had five strikeouts and didn't walk a batter over his 93-pitch performance.
 It  was  his first win since  May 24 against  San Diego. McCarthy had been 0-5
 with an 8.59 ERA over his previous five starts.
 
 "Getting ahead is a good sign. It's something I've struggled with in the last
 few weeks," McCarthy said. "Tonight I think was a good first step where I've
 felt normal again, getting good results."
 
 Tyson  Ross (3-7)  was charged with seven  hits and six runs -- four earned --
 over six-plus innings.
 
 "I thought he threw the ball well. They put the bat on the ball and some
 grounders found some holes. We just couldn't get any runs," Padres manager Bud
 Black said.
 
 San  Diego's only  run in the opener  of this three-game set came in the first
 inning when Will Venable scored on a Didi Gregorius throwing error.
 
 The  Diamondbacks went ahead  in the fourth. Adam Eaton was hit by a pitch and
 Goldschmidt  followed with  a triple to the corner in right. Prado's sacrifice
 fly to right made it 2-1.
 
 Prado's  bases-loaded ground single to left plated two runs in the sixth for a
 4-1 cushion.
 
 Tony  Campana  and Goldschmidt hit into  force plays that turned  into runs in
 the seventh. Campana's hit to third should have resulted in a double play, but
 catcher Nick Hundley had his foot off the base and Gerardo Parra scored.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 San  Diego leads the  season series, 8-5 ... Ross suffered his first road loss
 since  June 30  at Miami  ... Prior  to the  game, the  Diamondbacks activated
 infielder  Eric Chavez  and catcher  Miguel Montero  from the  15-day disabled
 list,  and optioned  infielder Matt  Davidson  and catcher  Tuffy Gosewish  to
 Triple-A  Reno ...  The Padres  selected  the contract  of outfielder  Reymond
 Fuentes  from Tucson,  recalled pitcher Anthony Bass from Tucson, and optioned
 outfielder Jaff Decker and pitcher Brad Brach to the Triple-A club ... Arizona
 will start LHP David Holmberg on Tuesday, when he'll make his MLB debut.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 08/27 00:40:07 ET