PHOENIX - Brandon McCarthy had his best outing of the season, putting himself in position to win for the first time since a horrific head injury last year.
After a call to the bullpen by Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson, McCarthy's winless streak is still going.
McCarthy was pulled after eight scoreless innings and 88 pitches, and Arizona's relievers blew a late lead behind the right-hander for the third time this season during a 4-2 loss in 10 innings to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
"Sometimes you make decisions and it doesn't work out," Gibson said. "That was my decision."
McCarthy had an early lead after Gerardo Parra hit his second career leadoff homer and A.J. Pollock drove in another run in the first inning against Kyle Kendrick.
Inconsistent through most of his first season with Arizona, McCarthy was sharp in his eighth start for the Diamondbacks, scattering seven singles and striking out five.
Instead of sending him out for the ninth, Gibson turned to Heath Bell, who had earned three straight saves since closer J.J. Putz went on the DL.
Bell allowed two runs in the ninth to tie the game and Matt Reynolds (0-1) gave up four hits in the 10th, including a bloop single by Ryan Howard for the winning runs.
"The disappointment is us not getting a win," said McCarthy (0-3), who hasn't won in seven starts since being hit in the head by a liner last Sept. 5. "I really don't care if I don't get a win. It's an inconsequential stat, it has no effect on me one way or the other. We would like to win that game as a team."
Unable to string hits together against McCarthy, the Phillies scored two runs in the ninth against Bell on Delmon Young's double and Domonic Brown's single up the middle.
Justin De Fratus (1-0) got a huge out with a runner on in the bottom half, striking out Paul Goldschmidt.
• Who: Braves at D-backs
• When 6:40 p.m.
• TV; radio: FSAZ: 1490-AM