The right-hander seeks to build on his first win in three months Monday against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.
McCarthy has often struggled through his injury-shortened season and had one of those miserable outings in Cincinnati on Aug. 21. He was tagged for seven runs in a season-low 2 1-3 innings en route to a 10-7 loss but bounced back with an impressive performance last Monday.
McCarthy (3-8, 5.03 ERA) gave up one unearned run and five hits over seven frames in a 6-1 victory over San Diego, his first since he beat the Padres on May 24. He's spent a good portion of this season on the disabled list with inflammation in his pitching shoulder.
"Nice to see a positive result," McCarthy said. "I never felt that strong this season and went back to watch video from before I went on the disabled list last season. I saw some mechanical issues, made a few adjustments, and am satisfied with the results."
Arizona (69-66) could use another strong start from McCarthy after dropping three of four. An 8-2 defeat to San Francisco on Sunday kept the Diamondbacks six games behind Cincinnati for the NL's final wild-card spot.
Arizona will try to cut that deficit while facing a Toronto team that's won five of seven. The Blue Jays (62-75), however, couldn't complete a sweep of Kansas City on Sunday, managing just three hits in a 5-0 loss.
"We're happy to win the series," shortstop Jose Reyes told the team's website. "Every time we win a series, we'll take that."
The struggling Esmil Rogers (3-7, 5.03) will try to help his club bounce back quickly in his return to the rotation. The right-hander is 0-5 with a 6.56 ERA in his last 11 starts and gave up four runs over five innings in his most recent one, an 8-4 loss to the New York Yankees on Aug. 20.
Rogers is 0-2 with a 5.60 ERA in three career starts against Arizona and gave up six runs over 5 1-3 innings in his latest matchup, a 10-7 loss for Colorado on Sept. 5, 2011.
Martin Prado is 2 for 2 lifetime versus Rogers and batting .383 with 23 RBIs while hitting safely in 17 of his last 18 games. Prado went 4 for 14 (.286) in a three-game series against Toronto last season while with Atlanta.
Willie Bloomquist , 8 for 14 (.571) since his return from the disabled list, has three singles in his last eight at-bats against Rogers. He's batting .344 in his past nine games against Toronto but the most recent matchup was on July 21, 2010.
Arizona won two of three over Toronto at Chase Field in the latest matchup between the clubs May 21-23, 2010.
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|August 21, 2013||Jose Bautista||15-Day DL||Left hip bone bruise|
|August 21, 2013||Maicer Izturis||60-Day DL||Sprained left ankle|
|August 20, 2013||Maicer Izturis||Day-to-Day||Left game - sprained left ankle|
|August 17, 2013||Jose Reyes||Day-to-Day||Sore right knee|
|August 12, 2013||Colby Rasmus||15-Day DL||Left oblique strain|
|August 10, 2013||Juan Perez||60-Day DL||Torn UCL ligament, left elbow|
|August 24, 2013||J.J. Putz||15-Day DL||Dislocated right pinky finger|
|August 12, 2013||Cody Ross||15-Day DL||Dislocated right hip|
|August 11, 2013||Cody Ross||Day-to-Day||Dislocated right hip|
|August 10, 2013||Eric Chavez||15-Day DL||Hip and knee injuries|
|August 10, 2013||Eric Chavez||15-Day DL||Hip and knee injuries|
|July 29, 2013||Miguel Montero||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
PHOENIX (AP) -- Esmil Rogers needed a boost, so this outing came at a perfect time for the right-hander.
Rogers pitched 6 1-3 innings of one-hit ball to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-1 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.
"I just try to do everything I can to be here," he said. "I'm going to get a couple of more opportunities to start and I have to get ready."
Rogers (4-7) struck out five and walked one in one of his best games of the season. It was his first victory since June 18 against Colorado.
The 28-year-old Rogers said the key was an effective two-seam fastball and sinker. He got 11 outs from 10 groundballs.
"I've been working on that, getting my confidence back. I got the opportunity to throw so many in the count, whenever I wanted," he said. "I was thinking about it like `Be down in the zone and everybody's going to swing at it."'
Arizona hit into four double plays, including an inning-ending one in each of the last three frames. It managed just four hits while wasting the second complete game of the season for Brandon McCarthy (3-9), who threw 93 pitches in a five-hitter.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run shot in the ninth for the Blue Jays. It was his 35th on the season.
Rogers and McCarthy locked up in an unlikely pitchers' duel. Both entered with a 5.03 ERA and three victories apiece.
Toronto jumped on McCarthy for two runs in the second, with the bottom of the lineup doing the damage. Kevin Pillar singled in Moses Sierra with two out and No. 8 hitter Anthony Gose followed with a triple off the wall in center field.
That was enough run support for Rogers, who retired 13 straight at one point.
Arizona finally chased Rogers in the seventh. Tony Campana got on with a leadoff walk and stole second. Rogers then struck out Adam Eaton before he was replaced by Sergio Santos .
Manager John Gibbons decided to pull Rogers though he had only allowed a hit and a walk while throwing 83 pitches.
"He's been vulnerable to a home run ball lately. He started scattering the ball a little bit," Gibbons said. "He's been in and out of the rotation a little bit, so all that added up, even though it was just one hit. I know him pretty good, I think."
Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson thought his team had chances against Rogers.
"You saw how quickly Gibbons took him out. He wasn't throwing that well," Gibson said. "He threw a good game but when you have a guy going like that, you have to try and make an adjustment on him and we didn't do that."
Santos walked Paul Goldschmidt to put runners on first and second, and then turned a double play when Eric Chavez grounded back to the mound.
McCarthy retired 16 in a row before Ryan Goins reached on a leadoff single in the ninth. Encarnacion then drove the next pitch over the wall in left, making it 4-0 and giving him 101 RBIs on the year.
"He's dangerous," Gibbons said. "Eddie's not just a slugger. Eddie goes up there with a plan. He's really a student of hitting."
The Diamondbacks rallied in the bottom half against Aaron Loup . Cliff Pennington reached on a leadoff double, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Willie Bloomquist 's pinch-hit single.
The Blue Jays then brought in closer Casey Janssen , who walked pinch hitter A.J. Pollock before retiring three in a row for his 27th save. He is tied with Kelvim Escobar for fifth on Toronto's career saves list.
NOTES: RHP Matt Langwell , the player that completed the Diamondbacks' trade with Cleveland in which Arizona sent outfielder Jason Kubel to the Indians, reported to the team. The Diamondbacks transferred OF Cody Ross to the 60-day disabled list with a dislocated right hip to make room for Langwell on the 40-man roster. ... Pennington, who played shortstop, had to go far to his left well behind second base to get to a grounder from Gose, and still managed to throw out Gose on a very close play at first base in the fifth inning. ... RF Gerardo Parra turned in another outstanding defensive play, sliding to catch a sinking fly ball from Goins in the sixth. ... Toronto is set to call up pitchers Kyle Drabek , Ricky Romero , Jeremy Jeffress , Luis Perez and catcher Mike Nickeas from Class AAA Buffalo and have them with the Blue Jays by Tuesday. Toronto has won six of its last eight games and the pitching staff has allowed two runs or less in six of those games.