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Padres end 10-game losing streak, Stults four-hits Rockies

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SAN DIEGO -- Manager Bud Black rolled the dice and the San Diego Padres came up winners.

With the potential tying runner on first and San Diego nursing a one-run lead against the Rockies in the ninth inning, Black left starter Eric Stults in the game. He was rewarded when the left-hander struck out Josh Rutledge to finish off a four-hitter that gave the Padres a 2-1 victory against Colorado and snapped a 10-game losing streak.

Black went out to the mound in the ninth thinking he would take his starter out.

"To be honest, I went out there thinking that I might make a change," Black said. "I've been in those shoes before and I know what goes through a pitcher's mind. I got out there, and when I hit the dirt, I saw the look in his eyes that he wasn't ready to come out. So I asked him, 'How do you feel?' and he said, 'I got this.' "

Stults (7-7) notched his second complete game of the season and fourth of his career. He is 4-0 with a 1.14 ERA in his past six home starts and the Padres have won each of his past seven starts at Petco Park since April 27.

"He [Black] came out and asked me how I felt," said Stults, who walked three and struck out five. "I looked him straight in the eye and said 'Good.' And he kind of gave me that look 'Are you sure?' and I said, 'Yeah.'

"I hadn't had that high a pitch count [122] in a long time,' Stults added, "but I was sharp with most of my pitches."

Stults had taken a 2-0 two-hit shutout into the ninth before giving up a one-out double to Willin Rosario, his second hit of the game. With two outs, pinch hitter Nolan Arenado blooped a single into right, scoring Rosario. That set the stage for the meeting at the mound.

Stults had a no-hitter in the fifth inning when Rutledge legged out an infield hit on a grounder to shortstop.

Jhoulys Chacin (8-4) took the loss. He went six innings, allowing one run on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks. The loss snapped Chacin's five-game winning streak. He had not lost since May 16.

Alexi Amarista drove in both of the Padres' runs with an RBI triple in the third off Chacin and a bases-loaded single off Colorado reliever Wilton Lopez in the seventh.

Amarista's triple to right-center scored Everth Cabrera from first base. His single scored Will Venable, who had doubled leading off the seventh. Nick Hundley and Cabrera had singled to load the bases.

"Stults got a lot of groundball outs," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "We rolled over a lot of soft stuff for him. We couldn't get anything together offensively."

Notes

  • Padres general manager Josh Byrnes addressed the resignation of Padres President/CEO Tom Garfinkel on Tuesday, saying he was "not completely surprised" and that "nothing has changed with me or baseball operations."
  • Padres INF Yonder Alonso went 0 for 3 in his rehab start at 1B Monday and played six innings, reporting to Black that his right hand was fine. He could be back for the weekend series with the Giants.
  • Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez was not in the starting lineup for the second consecutive game. He left Sunday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with an injury to his right middle finger and is day to day.
  • OF Dexter Fowler, who went 0 for 3 with a walk in a rehab start Monday night at Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he played again Tuesday night, could rejoin the Rockies on Friday when they play at the Dodgers, Weiss said. Fowler has been on the disabled list since July 2 (retroactive to June 26) with a bone bruise in his right hand.
 
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Eric Stults pumps his first after finishing off a complete game and San Diego's first victory since June 28.  (USATSI)
Eric Stults pumps his first after finishing off a complete game and San Diego's first victory since June 28. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
San Diego

A. Amarista
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
San Diego

E. Stults
IP 9.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 3
K 5
 

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Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
DJ LeMahieu, 3B4000001 .264
Charlie Blackmon, CF4000000 .200
Michael Cuddyer, RF2000200 .336
Wilin Rosario, C4120002 .277
Jordan Pacheco, 1B3000102 .239
Tyler Colvin, LF3000022 .160
    Nolan Arenado, PH1011000 .253
Josh Rutledge, 2B4010021 .216
Jonathan Herrera, SS3000011 .280
Jhoulys Chacin, P2000001 .200
    Corey Dickerson, PH1000000 .188
Totals3114135  
a-singled for Colvin in the 9th
b-grounded out for Lopez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Wilin Rosario (14, Stults)
RBI - Nolan Arenado (27)
2-OUT RBI - Nolan Arenado (14)
SB - Josh Rutledge (7, 2nd base off Stults/Hundley)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Rutledge-Herrera-Pacheco
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jhoulys Chacin (L,8-4) 6511240 3.62
Wilton Lopez 1411010 4.43
Adam Ottavino 1000010 2.47
Pitches-Strikes - Jhoulys Chacin 97-63, Wilton Lopez 21-14, Adam Ottavino 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jhoulys Chacin 7-6, Wilton Lopez 1-1, Adam Ottavino 1-1
Batters Faced - Jhoulys Chacin 24, Wilton Lopez 7, Adam Ottavino 3
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Everth Cabrera, SS4120002 .294
Alexi Amarista, 2B4022001 .253
Chase Headley, 3B3000124 .227
Carlos Quentin, LF4010016 .276
Jesus Guzman, 1B4000013 .244
Kyle Blanks, RF-1B4000021 .259
Will Venable, CF3010100 .224
Nick Hundley, C3110001 .247
Eric Stults, P3020000 .167
Totals3229226  
Batting
2B - Everth Cabrera (12, Chacin), Will Venable (8, Lopez)
3B - Alexi Amarista (3, Chacin)
RBI - Alexi Amarista 2 (23)
Team LOB - 8
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Eric Stults (W,7-7) 9411350 3.50
Pitches-Strikes - Eric Stults 122-78
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Stults 14-8
Batters Faced - Eric Stults 34
Game Information
Attendance - 22733
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi