Flip flop: Pirates fall to Padres in similar fashion
PITTSBURGH – Eric Stults got his first road win of the season, going 6 1-3 innings as the San Diego Padres beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Saturday night.
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.
After the first inning Liriano retired the next 17 batters he faced before walking Grandal with two outs in the seventh. He gave up three hits and a walk in seven innings.
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.
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 scoreless ninth for his fifth save.
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. Manager Bud 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.
Center fielder Andrew McCutchen (rib) missed his fifth straight game. … Second baseman Neil Walker (back) could be nearing a return to the starting lineup after participating in batting practice and field work before each of the last two games. He pinch-hit in the ninth inning, his first action since Tuesday.
Right-hander Charlie Morton (5-10, 3.43 ERA) attempts to stay undefeated against San Diego. The sinkerballer is 3-0 with a 1.78 ERA in four career starts against the Padres, with the latest win coming in Pittsburgh 10-3 at Petco Park June 2 with Morton allowing two runs in five innings.