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D-backs fall to Phillies despite McCarthy's strong start: By The Numbers

Philadelphia Phillies' A.J. Burnett throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game on Sunday, April 27, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Arizona Diamondbacks are clearly playing better baseball than they had for the season's first month, but they still have yet to capture a series win at home.

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett tossed eight scoreless innings, and a first-inning run helped propel the Phillies to a 2-0 win on Sunday at Chase Field -- denying Arizona its first series win at home this season despite winning the opener and jumping out to a 5-0 lead before losing on Saturday.

D-backs starter Brandon McCarthy helped continue the team's recent run of strong starting pitching, but the Arizona offense couldn't get anything going against Burnett.

Here's a closer look at the loss, By The Numbers:


The D-backs haven't won a series at home and have won just two games at home, twice dropping a series to the Dodgers to go along with series losses to the Giants, Mets and Phillies.


Arizona third baseman Martin Prado is marred in an ugly slump, and he's recorded just two extra-base hits to go along with 10 strikeouts since April 12. His on-base percentage and batting average are both below .220 during that span.


Diamondbacks shortstops have committed three errors in Arizona's last three games after Chris Owings' throwing error in the sixth inning of Sunday's game that allowed Philadelphia to extend its lead to 2-0. Owings made a fielding error on Saturday while Cliff Pennington made one in Friday's game.


D-backs starting pitchers have now put together four straight quality starts after having just three on the season heading into Thursday's game at the Chicago Cubs.


Arizona managed just five hits against Burnett, who struck out eight and didn't allow a walk.


Arizona reliever Brad Ziegler has made 11 consecutive scoreless appearances dating to April 8. He has a 1.35 ERA this season.


McCarthy managed to strike out 12 Phillies batters for a new career high, besting his previous high of 10 in a game.


Owings has seen his batting average climb to the .311 mark thanks to a 2-for-3 performance on Sunday that saw him record his first triple of the season. He is one of only two D-backs regulars hitting better than .300, along with Paul Goldschmidt.

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School: University of Akron, University of Arizona When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: Sept., 2013 Favorite sports memory: Tie between flying from Akron, Ohio to Phoenix to be at the 2008 NFC Championship and being at Game 7 of the 2001 World Series Favorite all-time athlete: Jim Thome Favorite sports movies: Tin Cup, Major League, The Waterboy Most crushing sports moment: Santonio Holmes' go-ahead touchdown in Super Bowl 43


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