SAN DIEGO (AP) — The punchless San Diego Padres don't have many answers these days.
They certainly didn't have any against Bronson Arroyo and two Arizona relievers, who combined to hold the Padres to three hits in a 2-0 Diamondbacks win Friday night in a matchup of the bottom two teams in the NL West. Aaron Hill hit a two-run single off Andrew Cashner in the third inning.
The Diamondbacks have the worst record in the majors — 10-22 — and came in with the worst ERA, 5.20. The Padres came with a .217 batting average, worst in the NL and second-worst in the majors.
"It's not good. It's frustrating," said San Diego's Will Venable, who went 0 for 4. "It's just a matter of time. I am doing everything I can to make adjustments.
"You just have to stick with it and have the confidence that it will turn. We show up every day, expecting to go out there and produce. It has been a lot of guys but we are working hard."
Arroyo (2-2) lowered his ERA from 7.77 to 6.03. He didn't allow a hit until Yonder Alonso singled to right with one out in the fifth. Until then, the only baserunner was leadoff batter Everth Cabrera, who reached in the first when Arroyo couldn't handle a chopper for an error. Arroyo then proceeded to get 13 straight outs, including when Seth Smith grounded into an inning-ending double play in the first.
Arroyo allowed three singles in seven innings, struck out six and walked one. He is 4-0 with a 1.54 ERA in his last five starts against San Diego.
"We have to keep going through it," manager Bud Black said. "They have to cinch their belts and keep at it. There are a lot of guys who are pressing."