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He quickly settled in, though, because he didn't give up another hit until Willie Bloomquist singled with one out in the ninth.
Stults finished with a career-best two-hitter and Logan Forsythe hit a bases-loaded, two-run single with two outs in the sixth to give the San Diego Padres a 2-1 victory against the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.
"It was a masterful performance," manager Bud Black said. "He gave up the leadoff hit to Parra and then after that they didn't threaten. I mean, he was outstanding."
Stults throws a fastball that hits 90 and a slow curve in the low 60s.
"The wide range of velocities keeps the hitters off-balance, disrupts their timing," Black said. "He pitches. He truly pitches."
Stults (6-5) retired 16 of the last 17 batters for his third career complete game. He struck out three and walked one. He previously had thrown two four-hitters.
It was the Padres' first complete game this season.
"Anytime you start you want to finish the game," Stults said. "I felt like I was able to get a lot of quick outs early. The first inning I didn't have a good feel for my pitches. I felt like I was behind. Left the ball up to Parra to start the game off, so a leadoff double. But I was able to work through that kind of wildness for me and as the game went on get a better feel and my delivery was much better."
After Parra doubled, he advanced on Bloomquist's groundout and scored on Cody Ross' sacrifice fly.
"We had a rocky start, kind of adjusting to the ump, a couple of balls that were close," catcher Yasmani Grandal said. "We made the adjustment, closed down the gap. The game of baseball is basically just keeping guys off balance. That's what he does. He keeps guys off balance. That's why he's so successful."
The fourth-place Padres pulled within four games of the Diamondbacks. San Diego has won four straight and seven of nine. The Padres (33-34) are within one game of .500 for the first time since April 4. They started 5-15.
Bench coach Alan Trammell managed the Diamondbacks while Kirk Gibson served his one-game suspension stemming from Tuesday night's brawl against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"Just off-speed," Trammell said about Stults. "That's what he does. He uses the hitters' energy against them. Like anybody who's not a hard-thrower -- that's what they do -- they get guys to get off-balance, thinking that at some particular time they're going to sneak a fastball, and occasionally they do but most of the time percentages say they're not and he didn't."
Trevor Cahill (3-8) tied his career high with 10 strikeouts but got into trouble in the sixth. The Padres loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth when Alexi Amarista walked, Chase Headley was hit by a pitch and Carlos Quentin beat out an infield single to third base. Cahill struck out Kyle Blanks and Will Venable before Forsythe singled to left-center, bringing in Amarista and Headley. Forsythe took second on a throwing error by A.J. Pollock.
"Those first-batter walks come back to haunt you," Cahill said. "I got ahead of Headley 1-2 and try to make a nasty pitch and hit him in the foot.
"It's tough -- we're in first place and you want to have an opportunity to get a bigger lead and I was just one pitch away. I made a bad pitch on Forsythe and couldn't get out of it."
Cahill allowed two runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings and walked three.
|Eric Stults gets the Gatorade shower after throwing a two-hitter and delivering a two-run single to boot. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Gerardo Parra, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.321|
|Willie Bloomquist, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.410|
|Paul Goldschmidt, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.309|
|Cody Ross, LF||3||0||0||1||0||0||1||.267|
|Miguel Montero, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.215|
|Martin Prado, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.245|
|A.J. Pollock, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.252|
|Didi Gregorius, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.301|
|Trevor Cahill, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.074|
|Will Harris, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Wil Nieves, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.396|
|Brad Ziegler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-lined out for Harris in the 8th|
|2B - Gerardo Parra (22, Stults)|
|SF - Cody Ross (4)|
|RBI - Cody Ross (17)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|E - A.J. Pollock (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Trevor Cahill (L,3-8)||5.2||5||2||2||3||10||0||3.96|
|IBB - Grandal by Trevor Cahill|
|HBP - Headley (by Trevor Cahill)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 117-73, Will Harris 16-9, Brad Ziegler 7-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 6-1, Will Harris 1-1, Brad Ziegler 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 26, Will Harris 4, Brad Ziegler 3|
|San Diego Padres|
|Everth Cabrera, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.295|
|Alexi Amarista, CF||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.261|
|Chase Headley, 3B||3||1||0||0||0||1||2||.223|
|Carlos Quentin, LF||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.261|
|Chris Denorfia, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.282|
|Kyle Blanks, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||3||5||.276|
|Will Venable, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||3||.228|
|Logan Forsythe, 2B||3||0||1||2||0||1||1||.333|
|Yasmani Grandal, C||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.178|
|Eric Stults, P||3||0||0||0||0||3||3||.115|
|RBI - Logan Forsythe 2 (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Logan Forsythe 2 (3)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Kyle Blanks (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|San Diego Padres|
|Eric Stults (W,6-5)||9||2||1||1||1||3||0||3.28|
|Pitches-Strikes - Eric Stults 104-68|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Stults 15-10|
|Batters Faced - Eric Stults 31|
|Attendance - 23364|
|Game Time - 2:17|
|Temperature - 66|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor|