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LAD@SD: Ross fans five over seven solid innings

Ideally, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson would have preferred not to exhaust his pitching staff in Tuesday's 9-8, 14-inning win over the Indians. But given that Arizona has two days off this week, it could have been worse.

Gibson was able to push back Josh Collmenter -- who pitched the 14th inning on Tuesday to earn the win -- from Friday to Saturday, moving up right-hander Brandon McCarthy from Saturday to Friday's series opener in San Diego.

But even after having his start moved up, McCarthy will be getting an extra day of rest.

McCarthy last pitched on Saturday, when he surrendered five runs on 10 hits in five innings against the Giants. He has been inconsistent of late, allowing five runs in four of his last six outings. The first of those four, on May 26, came against the Padres.

He will strive for something closer to his May 3 meeting with San Diego, in which he threw seven shutout innings -- his only scoreless start this season.

McCarthy's opponent, right-hander Tyson Ross, has been solid this season, but he can't catch a break in June.

Ross, 27, has gone 0-3 with a 4.32 ERA this month, though he gave up only two earned runs in seven innings in a 7-6 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

The D-backs are a good matchup for him. He has a 2.57 ERA against them in five starts since joining San Diego prior to last season.

Padres: Go-go Goebbert
The Padres have liked what they've seen from first baseman/outfielder Jake Goebbert since he was promoted from Triple-A El Paso on June 19.

Not only did Goebbert single and knock in a run in his first big league at-bat, he has four hits in eight at-bats overall in the Majors and has played well at first base and the outfield.

"He hasn't played a lot of first base as a professional, but he feels confident over there," said manager Bud Black. "And he's got the line drive and gap-to-gap swing our scouts saw.

"I think he's going to give you a good at-bat and control the strike zone. On a short look, he looks like a guy who has a nice idea of how he hits."

D-backs: Spruill called up for bullpen help
The D-backs placed catcher/infielder Jordan Pacheco on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right shoulder and recalled pitcher Zeke Spruill.

Spruill will pitch out of the bullpen for now. The D-backs' pitching staff is in a bit of flux after nine pitchers were used on Tuesday night.

"We thought bringing Spruill in would protect us from getting in a real bad situation tonight," Gibson said before Wednesday's game.

The move has already helped spell the D-backs' bullpen -- Spruill was the lone reliever Arizona used Wednesday, allowing two runs in four innings.

Worth noting
• Ross is ninth in the National League in strikeouts, with 95. He has picked up 25 of them in his past four starts.

• The D-backs' team ERA for June is 4.44, which ranks 14th in the NL. Comments