MIAMI - It took nine starts, but Brandon McCarthy finally got his first win with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
McCarthy pitched a three-hitter for his first win since being struck in the head by a line drive last season, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Miami Marlins 1-0 on Saturday night.
"He just got on a roll and we left him in there," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "He did it quickly, that was the best sign of all."
Gerardo Parra led off the game with a home run for Arizona, which has won four in a row while dealing the Marlins a season-long seven-game losing streak.
McCarthy (1-3) struck out five and walked two while throwing 68 of 99 pitches for strikes in his third career shutout, first since Sept. 3, 2011, against Seattle.
"It's something that I want to do and be able to follow through on," said McCarthy of his seventh career complete game.
McCarthy was hit in the head by an Erick Aybar line drive on Sept 5. 2012, against the Angels while with Oakland.
He suffered a skull fracture and underwent surgery to end his season. He signed a two-year deal with Arizona in December.
"The win part, I don't care. Like I said last week, it's a win for us, which is the only thing I care about," McCarthy said.
Last Sunday, McCarthy was pulled after eight scoreless innings and 88 pitches, and Arizona's relievers blew a late lead during a 4-2 loss in 10 innings to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Parra's home run to right-center field came on the first pitch from Tom Koehler (0-2) on Saturday. It was Parra's third career leadoff home run and it came on the advice of batting coach Don Baylor.
"I talked to him before the game and he said, 'Just swing first pitch' and he was right," Parra said. "He's got more experience than me."
It was the first time since Sept. 14, 1993, in which a game featured a leadoff home run on the first pitch of the game and that was the only run scored, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
• Who: D-backs at Marlins
• When: 10:10 a.m.
• TV; radio: FSAZ; 1490-AM