D-backs shut down by Stults, Padres in 4-1 loss in series opener in San Diego.
By ASSOCIATED PRESSFS Arizona
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- As pitches go, it's one
Diamondbacks starter Brandon McCarthy wishes he had back.
"I felt good but I made a couple of mistakes, including the one to (Nick) Hundley, and it cost us," McCarthy said.
McCarthy had won two straight starts against the
Padres but couldn't make it three Monday night, as Hundley's three-run homer was the difference in the Padres' 4-1 win.
It was against the Padres on Aug. 26 that McCarthy (5-10) began an impressive roll. That started a stretch in which he went 3-1 with a 2.50 ERA in five starts. In his last 14 innings, he had been touched for a total of two runs.
But Eric Stults (10-13) allowed one run over 6 1/3 innings for San Diego to earn his second straight victory after breaking a 10-game winless streak last week.
Huston Street worked the ninth for his 33rd save in 34 chances.
McCarthy didn't have to work out of many jams, with the Padres getting just eight hits and a run other than the three runs coming from Hundley's sixth-inning blast.
"McCarthy threw a good game for us, actually," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "He made one mistake, the breaking ball to Hundley. We only put one (run) on the board. Of course, that didn't work out.
"He threw the ball like he did his last several outings. One breaking ball just hung and didn't get where he wanted to get it, and Hundley hit it out."
Hundley has four homers, five doubles and 16 RBIs in his last 30 games.
Stults struck out five and walked two in winning consecutive starts for the first time since July 9 and July 14.
The win was the Padres' sixth in seven games against the Diamondbacks at Petco Park.
The Padres had runners on in the second, fourth and fifth innings, but none got into scoring position. That changed in the sixth when Chase Headley notched his second hit and Tommy Medica followed with a single.
Hundley then smacked a 77 mph curveball from McCarthy that landed just inside the left-field foul pole on the Western Metal Supply Co. building's second deck. It extended Hundley's career highs to 12 home runs and 43 RBIs.
"About halfway down the line, I thought it was foul and was hoping it would go fair, and it did," Hundley said.
The Diamondbacks chased Stults with one out in the seventh on Cliff Pennington's double and a walk to Adam Eaton. Nick Vincent got A.J. Pollock to pop up to Headley at third and struck out Paul Goldschmidt on three pitches.
"He got a couple of fastballs by him and then a hard cutter," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He didn't pick it up out of his hand and had kind of a funky swing on it."
In the first, Padres leadoff hitter Chris Denorfia singled and advanced to second on a groundout. Headley's single made it 1-0 and snapped the team's 21-inning scoreless streak.
The D-backs tied the score in the second on Eaton's fielder's choice, which followed singles by Matt Davidson, Will Nieves and Pennington, with Davidson scoring.
Padres shortstop Ronny Cedeno was beaned by Heath Bell in the seventh inning and left the game. Black said Cedeno was woozy and had a headache but was not being hospitalized for evaluation.
NOTES: Black said RHP Andrew Cashner (10-9) won't pitch again this season. Cashner, a converted reliever, has thrown 175 innings, and Black said the team will skip his last turn. ... Padres OF Will Venable was out of the lineup with an abdominal strain. ... Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a first-inning double. ... D-backs LHP Wade Miley makes his career-high 32nd start on Tuesday in the second game of the series. ... LHP Patrick Corbin will make his final start of the season at home this weekend against the Nationals. Corbin (14-7) has struggled lately, including Sunday's outing against the
Rockies, when he allowed four runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings.