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Stults leads Padres to 2-1 win over Pirates

By NATE BARNES
Associated Press
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PITTSBURGH (AP) San Diego left-hander Eric Stults entered Saturday night's game in Pittsburgh winless on the road in 12 starts.

He got his first road win of the season, going 6 1-3 innings as the San Diego Padres beat the Pirates 2-1 on Saturday night.

''It's nice to just have a win,'' Stults said. ''This year has been a little frustrating.''

Stults (5-13) gave up one run and seven hits, struck out six and walked none. He entered the game with an 0-9 record away from Petco Park.

The Padres scored both runs in the first inning off Francisco Liriano (3-8). San Diego loaded the bases with no outs and scored on Jedd Gyorko's RBI single and Yasmani Grandal's sacrifice fly.

Pittsburgh answered in the home half when Josh Harrison led off with a single, stole second and scored on Russell Martin's RBI single.

Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle chalked up Liriano's arduous first inning to a spot of bad luck.

''A few well-placed ground balls,'' Hurdle said. ''The hit batter didn't help, that was the one misstep.''

After Gyorko's single Liriano retired the next 19 batters he faced before walking Grandal with two outs in the seventh. He gave up three hits and a walk in seven innings.

San Diego manager Bud Black, a former pitching coach, noted the effects to which each starter used his changeup.

''I thought that was the key for both pitchers to keep that score at 2-1 basically the entire game,'' Black said. ''It was a very deserving win for Stultsy because he matched a guy who had us handcuffed after the first inning.''

Jared Hughes pitched a scoreless eighth for Pittsburgh. Hughes hit Tommy Medica in the back of the head with a pitch to load the bases. Medica left the game.

''We caught a break there,'' Black said. "It was a hard fastball with velocity and movement but fortunately he was evaluated by the Pirates' team doctor (Edward Snell) and checked out fine. Obviously, it was good that he got on his feet and could walk off on his own.''

The Pirates put men on second and third with no outs in the eighth but failed to score against Kevin Quackenbush.

Joaquin Benoit struck out two in a scoreless ninth for his fifth save.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: Right-hander Andrew Cashner (shoulder) made his first rehab start for Single-A Lake Elsinore on Friday night and threw 24 pitches over two scoreless innings. Black said Cashner's velocity was normal and he received good reports. Cashner is slated to throw a side session with Elsinore on Monday and then make his second rehab start with Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday.

Pirates: Center fielder Andrew McCutchen (rib) missed his fifth straight game. ... Second baseman Neil Walker (back) could be nearing a return to the starting lineup after participating in batting practice and field work before each of the last two games. He pinch-hit in the ninth inning, his first action since Tuesday.

ON DECK

Padres: Right-hander Tyson Ross (10-10, 2.62 ERA) looks to continue his strong season as the Padres wrap up their five-game trip. Ross is among the league leaders in innings this season with 154 2-3. He had thrown at least six innings in 18 of his 22 starts this season.

Pirates: Right-hander Charlie Morton (5-10, 3.43 ERA) attempts to stay undefeated against San Diego. The sinkerballer is 3-0 with a 1.78 ERA in four career starts against the Padres, with the latest win coming in Pittsburgh 10-3 at Petco Park June 2 with Morton allowing two runs in five innings.

ACROSS THE DIAMOND

Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez, removed from the bereavement list Friday, has taken infield work at first base before the Pirates' games each of the last two days. The move is a potential solution to get Alvarez's bat back in the regular lineup while reducing the risks associated with his league-high 23 throwing errors.

''Maybe this move can free him up offensively and defensively,'' Hurdle said. ''He's willing to give it a shot. Time will tell.''

Alvarez was an All-Star in 2013 and tied for the league lead with 36 home runs a year ago, but the plague of throwing errors has dropped him out of regular duty in 2014. Alvarez recognizes the value of giving his team flexibility, but would like to stay at the position he's regularly played since he was 12 years old if he had it his way.

''The desire to be the best third baseman I can be is still in play,'' Alvarez said.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

F. Liriano
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 1
K 4
San Diego

E. Stults
IP 6.1
H 7
ER 1
BB 0
K 6
 

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San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Everth Cabrera, SS3110100.232.272.300
Yangervis Solarte, LF-3B3010100.263.344.389
Tommy Medica, 1B2100000.272.326.467
   Jesse Hahn, PR0000000.118.118.118
   Kevin Quackenbush, P0000000.000.000.000
   Alexi Amarista, LF0000000.234.280.310
Jedd Gyorko, 2B4011033.180.237.307
Chris Nelson, 3B4000003.250.302.292
   Joaquin Benoit, P0000000.000.000.000
Yasmani Grandal, C2001110.200.300.363
Jeff Francoeur, RF4000011.087.185.087
Abraham Almonte, CF3000010.193.246.289
Eric Stults, P2000010.091.091.121
   Alex Torres, P0000000.000.000.000
   Nick Vincent, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Will Venable, PH1010000.226.279.325
   Yonder Alonso, 1B0000000.234.273.383
Totals2824237    
a-singled for Vincent in the 8th
Batting
SF - Yasmani Grandal (2)
RBI - Jedd Gyorko (33), Yasmani Grandal (25)
SB - Everth Cabrera 2 (18, 2nd base off Liriano/Martin)
CS - Will Venable (4, 2nd base by Hughes/Martin)
Team LOB - 5
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Eric Stults (W,5-13) 6.1711060 4.76
Alex Torres (H,5) 0.1000000 2.09
Nick Vincent (H,9) 0.1000000 4.46
Kevin Quackenbush (H,5) 1200010 2.55
Joaquin Benoit (S,5) 1000020 1.71
Pitches-Strikes - Eric Stults 98-68, Alex Torres 2-1, Nick Vincent 5-4, Kevin Quackenbush 23-13, Joaquin Benoit 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Stults 5-8, Nick Vincent 1-0, Joaquin Benoit 1-0
Batters Faced - Eric Stults 26, Alex Torres 1, Nick Vincent 1, Kevin Quackenbush 5, Joaquin Benoit 3
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Josh Harrison, LF4120001.316.353.509
Jordy Mercer, SS4010003.257.300.374
Russell Martin, C4021020.290.417.391
Gaby Sanchez, 1B3000001.223.294.383
   a-Ike Davis, PH-1B1000002.236.345.364
Starling Marte, CF4020023.259.332.392
Gregory Polanco, RF4000004.263.330.368
Jayson Nix, 3B3020000.173.232.231
   b-Neil Walker, PH1000010.277.347.456
Michael Martinez, 2B3000021.147.216.176
Francisco Liriano, P2000021.094.094.094
   c-Pedro Alvarez, PH1000001.233.319.399
   Jared Hughes, P0000000.000.000.000
   Justin Wilson, P0000000.000.000.000
   d-Travis Snider, PH1000000.242.319.376
Totals3519109    
a-lined out for G. Sanchez in the 8th
b-struck out for Nix in the 9th
c-flied out for Liriano in the 7th
d-grounded out for Wilson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Russell Martin (10, Quackenbush), Starling Marte (19, Stults)
SH - Michael Martinez (1)
RBI - Russell Martin (44)
SB - Josh Harrison (16, 2nd base off Stults/Grandal)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Gregory Polanco 1
DP - Polanco-Mercer
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Francisco Liriano (L,3-8) 7322140 3.82
Jared Hughes 1100220 1.90
Justin Wilson 1000010 4.87
HBP - Medica (by Francisco Liriano), Medica (by Jared Hughes)
Pitches-Strikes - Francisco Liriano 91-61, Jared Hughes 27-16, Justin Wilson 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Francisco Liriano 13-3, Justin Wilson 2-0
Batters Faced - Francisco Liriano 25, Jared Hughes 6, Justin Wilson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38614
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Chris Conroy, Second Base - Jordan Baker, Third Base - Jerry Meals