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Stults hurt by big inning, Braves top Padres 8-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 27, 2014 at 9:02 pm •  Published: July 27, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — Eric Stults was unhittable for five of his six innings against the Braves.

The one bad inning doomed the left-hander to his National League-leading 13th loss.

Stults gave up six runs in the third inning, sealing his fate as the San Diego Padres fell to the Atlanta Braves 8-3 on Sunday.

Stults gave up all of his six hits allowed in Atlanta's big inning.

"You know, you come to a ballpark, you never know what you're going to see," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Eric Stults threw five no-hit innings. And in one inning he gave up six hits.

"Really, he deserved a better fate."

After the game, Black announced the team will put outfielder Carlos Quentin on the 15-day disabled list on Monday because of a sore left knee. Second baseman Jedd Gyorko will come off the disabled list.

Gyorko has been out since June 4 with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Second baseman Brooks Conrad will be optioned to Triple-A El Paso.

Stults (3-13) said he thought he "executed a few pitches" in the third inning "but just didn't get outs on them."

"That's just the way that this game goes," Stults said. "It's frustrating to feel like you threw the ball well but the results didn't really show it."

Black said he was impressed the left-hander recovered after the bad inning and didn't put an extra strain on the bullpen.

"I like the fact that Stults bounced back and threw three innings when it looked as though it might be a little dire for our bullpen," Black said. "He hung in there, went six innings.

"It was big for him to get through that when it seemed like he might not. Stults doesn't melt, that's the good thing. He's got pretty good backbone. He's got broad shoulders. He'll take it on, he'll take it and keep going. He won't back away form a good fight. And that was a good fight when they were finding holes."

Chris Johnson and Ryan Doumit each drove in two runs in the big inning.

Atlanta's Mike Minor (4-6) allowed eight hits and three runs in 6 2-3 innings.

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