Brandon McCarthy, and the Arizona Diamondbacks, for that matter, looked like he might have turned a corner.
He recorded 18 strikeouts in his last two starts — going seven innings in both.
And he looked the same Friday. At least during his first time through the Chicago White Sox batting order, when he struck out five of the nine batters he faced.
Then his season earned run average jumped up a run. In an inning.
The White Sox used nine hits and a grand slam to put seven runs on the Diamondbacks in the fourth inning and it was too much to overcome, as the visitors fell 9-3.
Here’s a look at the ugly series-opening loss, by the numbers:
The Diamondbacks are now .500 on the road, at 10-10.
The White Sox had no baserunners in the first three innings of the game. They had nine in the fourth inning, sending 10 men to the plate.
The Diamondbacks managed just four hits on the evening — including a Gerardo Parra two-run home run, however. The White Sox had more than twice as many in one fateful inning alone.
McCarthy fell to 1-6 on the season with the loss. He is now 6-17 in Sedona red.
The White Sox seven-run inning was the most runs the Diamondbacks have allowed in a single inning all season.
Diamondbacks 2-7 hitters — Chris Owings, Paul Goldschmidt, Miguel Montero, Aaron Hill, Eric Chavez and Martin Prado — went 0-for-22 on the night with two walks.
McCarthy needed just 33 pitches to get through the first three innings without allowing a baserunner. He needed 31 to get one out in the fourth inning, which he exited after the White Sox’ offensive explosion.
Trevor Cahill relieved McCarthy in the fourth inning, going 3.2 innings and allowing five hits and an earned run — a solo home run — while throwing 60 pitches. McCarthy threw 64 on the night in 3.1 innings pitched.