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Eric Stults Beats D-backs With Arm, Bat As Padres Win 5-0

The Arizona Diamondbacks opened a three-game series against the San Diego Padres trailing the first-place Giants by six games. However, they opened another series on offense and Patrick Corbin could not keep up his string of solid outings. He gave up lasted only four innings, and the Arizona offense could must only three hits against Eric Stults, who also drove in three runs at the plate. The Padres shut out the D-backs 5-0 on four hits Friday night at Chase Field.

In the second inning, Corbin allowed one out hits to Yasmani Grandal and Yonder Alonso. With two outs, Corbin then walked Everth Cabrera to load the bases. With the pitcher Eric Stults up, fans likely thought Corbin would get out of the inning unscathed. But Stults singled to left to drive in two and give San Diego the lead. Cabrera would get tagged out in a rundown between second and third, so the inning ended there.

Chris Denorfia homered to lead off the third inning and then, in the fourth, Stults got to Corbin once again. With two outs and Cameron Maybin, Stults doubled to give the Padres a 4-0 lead.

That would be Corbin's final inning, as Brad Bergesen came in for a three-inning appearance. Corbin allowed four runs on nine hits, walked one and struck out two in his four innings.

After two two 1-2-3 innings, Bergesen allowed San Diego to add another run in the seventh when Cabrera doubled, was sacrificed to third and scored on a sac fly by Chris Denorfia.

Arizona simply was flat offensively. They got the first two runners on in the bottom of the sixth, but with runners on second and third and two outs, Chris Young struck out on a 3-2 pitch to end the threat.

Stults pitched seven shutout innings, allowing only three hits and a walk. He struck out four. He got the win, improving to 4-2. Nick Vincent pitched the eighth and Tommy Layne pitched the ninth.

With the loss, Corbin fell to 5-5 on the season. Arizona could fall to seven games back if the Giants hold on to their lead over the Atlanta Braves.

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