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SAN DIEGO -- Eric Stults appreciated the support his bullpen gave him, especially since he was recently one of them.

Stults, elevated from the bullpen to the starting rotation, combined with four relievers on a five-hitter Monday night, lifting the San Diego Padres to a 2-0 victory against the slumping Chicago Cubs.

Stults (2-2) allowed all five hits 5 1/3 innings in his first start since June 3. He struck out five, walked two and had a wild pitch.

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"Any time as a starter, when you leave the game with a lead, I feel pretty confident," Stults said about the Padres bullpen.

Brad Brach, Dale Thayer, Luke Gregerson and Huston Street combined for 3 2/3 innings without allowing a hit to finish San Diego's seventh shutout.

"Those guys make it easy to catch," Padres catcher Eddie Rodriguez said. "They were really unbelievable."

Street pitched the ninth for his 19th save.

"Those guys, they come to pitch," Padres manager Bud Black said. "There is a resiliency and a mindset that you come to pitch."

Yonder Alonso and Everth Cabrera both drove in a run and the Padres won for only the fourth time in 10 games. Chicago lost its sixth straight.

Carlos Quentin reached on a one-out double in the fourth inning and scored on Alonso's single. After Cameron Maybin doubled, Alonso scored when Cabrera's soft liner deflected off the glove of second baseman Darwin Barney for an infield single.

Chicago was not able to take advantage of the few scoring chances it had, going 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position and stranding seven runners overall.

Stults, who last pitched in relief on Thursday, struggled with his command in the first inning. He allowed Barney's one-out double, then walked Alfonso Soriano with two outs before striking out Starlin Castro.

"That first inning was bad, kind of a grind," Stults said. "I threw a lot more pitches than I wanted to. After that I was able to get some quick outs."

Travis Wood (4-8) allowed two runs and five hits over six innings as he extended his career-high with his fifth straight loss. The left-hander struck out three and walked three.

"[Monday] was another grind," Wood said. "I was behind a lot of hitters but I was able to pitch out of a lot of stuff. We just came up a little bit short."

The Cubs' two prized prospects -- Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters -- both started and had tough nights.

Jackson, who got two hits in his major league debut Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, struck out four times. Vitters, who also debuted Sunday as a pinch-hitter, was 0 for 4, including a groundout to end the sixth inning with runners at second and third.

"A tough day for the kids," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "That's what they're here for, to see this kind of pitching and make those adjustments."

Since his last start, Stults spent time on the disabled list with a strained left lat and made his last four appearances out of the bullpen. He was inserted into the rotation after Kip Wells was designated for assignment on Friday.

Notes

Cubs RHP Matt Garza (right elbow stress) was placed on the 15-day DL and will be out "indefinitely," according to GM Jed Hoyer. ... San Diego has won eight times in its past 10 home games. ... Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo made his return to San Diego for the first time since the Padres dealt him to Chicago for RHP Andrew Cashner in a four-player deal in January. Rizzo, who went 0-for-4, was the centerpiece for San Diego in the four-player deal when he was acquired from Boston for 1B Adrian Gonzalez before the 2011 season. But after his highly anticipated arrival in San Diego in June 2011, the lefty hit only .141 with one home run and nine RBI in 128 at-bats. Asked before the game if spacious Petco Park had anything to do with his poor offensive showing, Rizzo said, "The ballpark could have been a T-ball field and I wouldn't have hit the ball. I just wasn't hitting the ball." ... Cubs LHP Brooks Raley will make his major league debut on Tuesday night against LHP Ross Ohlendorf (3-2, 6.27 ERA).

 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

E. Stults
IP 5.1
H 5
ER 0
BB 2
K 5
Chicago

T. Wood
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 3
K 3
 
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Jackson, CF4000041 .250
Darwin Barney, 2B4010001 .268
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4000011 .301
Alfonso Soriano, LF3010100 .270
Starlin Castro, SS3000112 .275
Welington Castillo, C4020002 .260
Josh Vitters, 3B4000024 .000
Joe Mather, RF3000001 .217
Travis Wood, P2010001 .222
   a- David DeJesus, PH1000000 .261
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
Totals3205028  
a-flied out for Wood in the 7th
Batting
2B - Darwin Barney (22, Stults)
SB - Alfonso Soriano (3, 3rd base off Brach/Rodriguez), Starlin Castro (17, 2nd base off Brach/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Castro-Rizzo
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Travis Wood (L,4-8) 6522330 4.77
Manny Corpas 1100010 3.76
Carlos Marmol 1000010 4.72
WP - Travis Wood (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 96-52, Manny Corpas 9-8, Carlos Marmol 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 7-7, Manny Corpas 1-1, Carlos Marmol 1-1
Batters Faced - Travis Wood 25, Manny Corpas 4, Carlos Marmol 3
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Denorfia, RF-LF3000102 .280
Logan Forsythe, 2B4000002 .252
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Will Venable, RF0000000 .243
Chase Headley, 3B4010000 .271
Carlos Quentin, LF3110111 .267
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Yonder Alonso, 1B4111001 .270
Cameron Maybin, CF3010010 .213
Everth Cabrera, SS3011011 .238
Eddy Rodriguez, C2000122 .200
Eric Stults, P1000002 .222
    Brad Brach, P0000000 .000
    Dale Thayer, P0000000 .000
   a- Alexi Amarista, PH-2B1010000 .276
Totals2826235  
a-doubled for Thayer in the 7th
Batting
2B - Carlos Quentin (13, Wood), Cameron Maybin (13, Wood), Alexi Amarista (11, Corpas)
SH - Eric Stults (3)
RBI - Yonder Alonso (40), Everth Cabrera (16)
Team LOB - 6
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Eric Stults (W,2-2) 5.1500250 2.72
Brad Brach (H,5) 0.2000000 3.80
Dale Thayer (H,7) 1000010 3.69
Luke Gregerson (H,16) 1000010 2.66
Huston Street (S,19) 1000010 0.79
WP - Eric Stults (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Eric Stults 79-54, Brad Brach 9-6, Dale Thayer 13-8, Luke Gregerson 14-10, Huston Street 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Stults 2-9, Brad Brach 1-1, Dale Thayer 1-1, Luke Gregerson 1-1, Huston Street 1-1
Batters Faced - Eric Stults 23, Brad Brach 2, Dale Thayer 3, Luke Gregerson 3, Huston Street 3
Game Information
Attendance - 27187
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Manny Gonzalez, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi