3/4/2013 5:57 P.M. ET
McCarthy effective in second start of spring
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth and added four more in the seventh en route to a 7-2 win over the Reds on Monday afternoon at Salt River Fields.
In his second start, Brandon McCarthy gave up one run over three innings with five strikeouts. The only hit he allowed came two batters into the game when Zack Cozart took McCarthy very deep with a home run to left field.
Reds ace Johnny Cueto also worked three innings in his second outing of spring. Cueto labored in the first by beginning with a single and a walk. After a double steal put both runners in scoring position, Jason Kubel hit a check-swing grounder near the mound. Cueto fell down trying to field the ball as Adam Eaton scored. Cueto was checked over by the trainer but allowed to continue.
In the second inning, Cueto struck out the side, and he retired the side in order in the third.
"I feel pretty good," Cueto said with instructor Mario Soto interpreting. "I settled myself and said that's enough, I have to concentrate and pitch my own game."
The D-backs scored twice in the fifth against reliever Manny Parra. Pinch-hitter Aaron Hill drove in Wil Nieves with a single to right field. John McDonald later scored on Cliff Pennington's infield hit despite a nice diving play by second baseman Cesar Izturis.
In the seventh against D-backs reliever Starling Peralta, Xavier Paul hit a double to right field and scored from third base on Henry Rodriguez's groundout to second base. Arizona responded with three runs in the bottom half against Clay Hensley, including a solo homer to right-center field by Chris Owings. The other two runs were unearned because of a pair of throwing errors by third baseman Rodriguez.
Up next: The D-backs will play host to Team Mexico on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. MT at Salt River Fields. Opening Day starter Ian Kennedy will get the start. Tyler Skaggs will follow Kennedy to the mound and it's a big outing for the young left-hander, who is trying to rebound from a rough performance his last time out against the Reds. Skaggs is competing against Patrick Corbin and Randall Delgado for the No. 5 spot in the rotation.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.