Padres' Stults loses again, 3-1 to Diamondbacks

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 29, 2014 at 1:46 am •  Published: June 29, 2014
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A fine performance by Eric Stults was done in by one poor pitch.

Stults gave up a two-run homer in the sixth inning to Miguel Montero, and the San Diego Padres lost 3-1 to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.

"Like any pitcher, there are a couple pitches that usually in a course of a game that are critical, and that was one," Padres manager Bud Black said.

Montero's homer helped the Diamondbacks move out of last place in the NL West.

Arizona started the season 8-22. With the win, the Diamondbacks moved percentage points ahead of the Padres in the standings.

Josh Collmenter (6-5) pitched 5 1-3 innings, giving up one run and five hits as Arizona won consecutive games for the first time since June 7-8 against Atlanta.

Addison Reed worked the ninth inning for his 19th save in 22 chances. The Padres were stifled by four Arizona relievers has they held them without a hit or a fun the final 3 2-3 innings.

Stults (2-11) became the majors' leader in losses, with an NL-high 5.36 ERA. He also went 5 1-3 innings and yielded three runs — two earned — while giving up just three hits. Stults walked three for the second straight game and stuck out two in losing his career-high sixth consecutive start.

"I think he threw the ball well," Padres catcher Rene Rivera said. "It was like the Stulzy in the last outing. He was spotting his fastball, his breaking ball was good, his changeup was good.

"On the pitch to Montero, the pitch was down but Montero got out in front of it," he said.

Montero's 11th home run came off Stults' low, 80 mph changeup. Paul Goldschmidt was aboard after walking and reaching second on a botched double-play attempt.

Martin Prado grounded to Chase Headley, but his throw to second baseman Alexi Amarista was high, with Goldschmidt being safe. Amarista retired Prado at first, a play which was challenged by Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson but upheld.

"Unfortunately, it cost us at least one run," Headley said. "Who knows what would have happened if we turn that double play, if Montero still hits that home run."

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