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Rangers hammer McCarthy to end three-game slide

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Justin Grimm joined the Texas rotation as a stopgap.

The rookie right-hander pitched more like an ace Thursday.

Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer and Grimm took a shutout into the sixth inning to help the Rangers snap their first three-game losing streak of the season with a 9-5 interleague victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.

Grimm (5-3) allowed four hits through five innings while Texas cooled off Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy on the way to a 9-0 lead.

The AL rookie leader in wins and strikeouts was replaced after Arizona's three-run sixth, and trails only ace Yu Darvish in victories on the Texas staff.

The 24-year-old Grimm, who made his debut last year, came up from the minors in April when opening day starter Matt Harrison went on the disabled list with back trouble.

He figured to stick around awhile with Harrison out until at least August, and was the AL rookie of the month for April. He gave up eight hits and two earned runs with three strikeouts in his third straight May win after starting the month with all three of his losses.

"He's gotten better as far as confidence-wise, believing and knowing that belongs here," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "It just a progression with young guys. He continues to get better. You can see it in his face. You can see it when he takes the mound in his mannerisms."

McCarthy (2-4) had allowed one run in 25 innings when the Rangers scored six in a span of four outs in the second and third.

The outburst started when center fielder A.J. Pollock misplayed a line drive by Nelson Cruz into a double. Pierzynski brought Cruz home with a double and scored on a two-out single from Leonys Martin.

The Rangers went up 6-0 in the third on three straight run-scoring hits - a double from Adrian Beltre, a single by Cruz and a two-run homer from Moreland that hit near the top of the foul pole in right.

McCarthy lost for the first time since April 26 in his shortest outing of the season. He gave up nine hits and six runs in just 2 2-3 innings.

"I didn't have any life on my stuff," said McCarthy, whose ERA at Rangers Ballpark is 7.65 in four starts since he left Texas in 2009. "It was a fight for me. A good lineup hits those pitches. It's not an easy lineup to get out."

Grimm lost his shutout when he gave up four straight hits in the sixth, starting with a double from Paul Goldschmidt, who tied a career high with four hits. An error by Martin in center on a single by Miguel Montero led to an unearned run.

"It's just all about battling and competing against these guys," Grimm said. "Be aggressive with them, but not overly aggressive obviously."

The Rangers beat the Diamondbacks after they were swept in a doubleheader in Arizona on Monday and had the first of two games in Texas rained out Wednesday night.

Moreland was hit by a pitch on the shoulder by reliever Josh Collmenter the next time he came up after his 11th home run and scored on a two-run single from Elvis Andrus that made it 9-0.

"Honestly, I hadn't even thought about us losing three games," Moreland said. "We're going to go out and play our style of ball. We got out of it for a couple of games, but came back out today and made it work and it was a good win for us."

The Diamondbacks got within 9-5 in the sixth on RBI singles from Goldschmidt and Martin Prado off Texas reliever Michael Kirkman. Neal Cotts replaced Kirkman with two outs and struck out Montero with the tying run on deck.

Arizona had the tying run on deck again in the ninth when Robbie Ross got a game-ending double play from Cliff Pennington, who replaced Eric Chavez in the first inning after Chavez strained his right oblique on a swing.

"The guys came back," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.

Texas prospect Jurickson Profar had a career-high three hits a day after learning that his stay with the Rangers would be at least two weeks longer because second baseman Ian Kinsler's rib injury has been slow to heal.

Moreland and David Murphy, who hit his fifth homer, were among four Rangers with two hits.

Notes

  • Gibson said Chavez was on his way back to Arizona for an MRI. If Chavez is headed for the disabled list, the Diamondbacks might bring up Willie Bloomquist from a weeklong rehab assignment at Triple-A Reno.
  • The Texas grounds crew stayed until 2 a.m. after a high winds from a thunderstorm prevented the crew from getting the tarp down before heavy rainfall. Both baselines were swamped and had to be rebuilt.
 
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Texas' Justin Grimm picks up his fifth win -- most among AL rookies -- after shutting out the Diamondbacks for five innings.  (USATSI)
Texas' Justin Grimm picks up his fifth win -- most among AL rookies -- after shutting out the Diamondbacks for five innings. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Arizona

P. Goldschmidt
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
Texas

D. Murphy
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gerardo Parra, RF5110012 .304
Didi Gregorius, SS5120001 .328
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B5141001 .337
Eric Chavez, 3B0000000 .325
   a- Cliff Pennington, PH-2B5120004 .211
Martin Prado, 2B-3B4122002 .262
Miguel Montero, C4010034 .192
Jason Kubel, DH4001010 .241
Cody Ross, LF4000011 .269
A.J. Pollock, CF4020000 .279
Totals40514406  
a-grounded out for Chavez in the 1st
Batting
2B - Paul Goldschmidt (15, Grimm)
RBI - Paul Goldschmidt (41), Martin Prado 2 (17), Jason Kubel (13)
2-OUT RBI - Martin Prado (5)
SB - Gerardo Parra (5, 2nd base off Grimm/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 8
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon McCarthy (L,2-4) 2.2966001 5.00
Josh Collmenter 2.1433121 3.42
Will Harris 1100000 3.86
Tony Sipp 1100010 4.60
Matt Reynolds 1000110 1.16
HBP - Moreland (by Josh Collmenter)
WP - Tony Sipp (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 55-37, Josh Collmenter 52-33, Will Harris 11-8, Tony Sipp 22-16, Matt Reynolds 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 4-4, Josh Collmenter 1-4, Will Harris 2-1, Matt Reynolds 1-1
Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 17, Josh Collmenter 13, Will Harris 4, Tony Sipp 4, Matt Reynolds 4
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Elvis Andrus, SS5012012 .270
David Murphy, LF5221002 .224
Lance Berkman, DH5010003 .285
Adrian Beltre, 3B4121101 .292
Nelson Cruz, RF4221112 .262
Mitch Moreland, 1B4212013 .286
A.J. Pierzynski, C4111002 .274
Jurickson Profar, 2B4130001 .370
Leonys Martin, CF4021012 .280
Totals39915924  
Batting
2B - Adrian Beltre (15, McCarthy), Nelson Cruz (8, McCarthy), A.J. Pierzynski (1, McCarthy)
HR - David Murphy (7, Collmenter), Mitch Moreland (11, McCarthy)
RBI - Elvis Andrus 2 (19), David Murphy (24), Adrian Beltre (32), Nelson Cruz (36), Mitch Moreland 2 (26), A.J. Pierzynski (15), Leonys Martin (7)
2-OUT RBI - Leonys Martin (1)
SB - Nelson Cruz (3, 2nd base off Harris/Montero)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Profar-Andrus-Moreland
E - Leonys Martin (1, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Grimm (W,5-3) 6832030 3.93
Michael Kirkman 0.2422000 6.97
Neal Cotts (H,2) 1.1000020 0.00
Robbie Ross 1200010 0.37
WP - Justin Grimm (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Grimm 91-61, Michael Kirkman 17-11, Neal Cotts 19-13, Robbie Ross 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Grimm 8-7, Michael Kirkman 1-1, Neal Cotts 2-0, Robbie Ross 1-0
Batters Faced - Justin Grimm 26, Michael Kirkman 6, Neal Cotts 4, Robbie Ross 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30896
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Chris Conroy, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Victor Carapazza