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.
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.