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McCarthy fans 12 but Diamondbacks lose to Phillies

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 27, 2014 at 7:54 pm •  Published: April 27, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks wasted Brandon McCarthy's best start of the year.

A misjudged fly ball and a throwing error accounted for the only runs in Arizona's 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

McCarthy struck out a career-high 12 with one walk, allowing seven hits.

"He threw a heck of a game," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "It was his best game of the year by far."

It was the fourth straight strong outing by an Arizona starter for a rotation that was horrible in the early stages of the season.

"It is big for me," McCarthy said. "I want to stop giving up runs. That is goal one, but I also think it is good to keep the row of good starts coming from the starters.

"We are trying to do as much as we can to hold up our end of the bargain and keep pitching well."

Still, the Diamondbacks are 2-11 at Chase Field and 12 games under .500 overall.

"We just need to get synced up and play a total game," Gibson said. "We haven't been able to do that."

A.J. Burnett gave Philadelphia a great finish to a good road trip, allowing five hits in eight sharp innings.

Burnett has an 0.83 ERA in his three outings since he found out he had an inguinal hernia and decided he would forego surgery until the end of the season.

"He said that's keeping him humble," catcher Wil Nieves said. "Instead of trying to throw hard, he's throwing nice and easy."

"Hopefully, he'll have the hernia all year," he kidded.

Nieves, the backup to regular catcher Carlos Ruiz, also was Burnett's catcher two starts earlier when he gave up three hits in seven scoreless innings against Atlanta. That's 15 straight scoreless innings for the pair.

"Man, he's fun to throw to," Burnett said. "He has that energy about him that fires you up and locks you in."

Burnett (1-1) struck out seven with no walks and hit a batter.

After beginning its 10-game trip with two messy losses in Colorado, Philadelphia won six of eight to return home a game above .500 (13-12).

"A good 'W,'" Burnett said, "a happy flight."

Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his eighth save and second in as many games, closing out Saturday night's 6-5 victory, a game that the Phillies won after trailing 5-0.

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