by Tom Morgan
Brandon McCarthy threw a complete game 3-hitter and won his first game since getting hit in a head by a line drive last year as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the sinking Miami Marlins 1-0 Saturday night.
McCarthy was dominant. He walked just two and struck out five and wasn't in any trouble against the punchless Marlins, who've lost seven straight.
Tom Koehler was the hard-luck loser for the Marlins. He threw six innings, allowing three hits and one run while striking out seven.
The only run of the game came on Gerardo Parra's solo homer in the top of the first inning.
In other state sports news...
- Matt Joyce keyed a six-run ninth inning with a two-run double as the Tampa Bay Rays rallied to beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-6. Joyce went 3-for-5 with five rbi's. He also homered.
- Lauren Haeger tied a school record with 7 rbi's and Hannah Rogers threw a one-hitter as Florida trounced South Florida 11-1. That sets up the finals of the NCAA Gainesville softball regional Sunday between the Gators and the Bulls.
- The Miami Heat playoff layoff will be for three more days. The Heat learned Saturday night they will play the Indiana Pacers Wednesday night in Game one of the Eastern Conference finals. The Pacers eliminated the New York Knicks 106-99 to win the semifinal series 4-2.