The Arizona Diamondbacks were unable to generate any offense Friday night as they opened up their final series on the road of the regular season. Starter Wade Miley allowed two first inning runs and that was all the scoring as Tim Stauffer and the San Diego Padres keep Arizona from moving a game closer to clinching the NL West, winning 2-0.
In the bottom of the first inning, Miley continued the pattern of Arizona starters allowing runs to fall behind early. Jesus Guzman drove in Jason Bartlett with a single and then scored on a double by Nick Hundley.
After that, Miley settled down and pitched five scoreless innings, allowing five hits and three walks.
His counterpart, Tim Stauffer, was dealing. In 6 2/3 innings, he allowed only four hits and did not walk a batter. He came out with stiffness in his arm, but Anthony Bass, former D-Back Chad Qualls and Heath Bell shut the door the rest of the way.
Bell pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to get his 38th save. Miley falls to 3-2 on the year. Stauffer improves to 9-12 with the win.
With the loss, Arizona falls one game behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the race for the number two seed in the playoffs. They also lost a game off their lead to the San Francisco Giants. The lead is now six games with 11 left on the schedule. The magic number remains at six as well.