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SD@COL: Stults holds Rockies to one earned run

Aside from D-backs left-hander Wade Miley registering more than double the strikeouts of Padres lefty Eric Stults, statistically the two starting pitchers are evenly matched.

Miley hasn't had a win since May 10, while Stults is winless on the road in 2014. Miley is 3-5 with a 4.85 ERA and 52 strikeouts, while Stults is 2-5 with a 4.97 ERA and 25 K's.

The two southpaws will square off Tuesday night in the second meeting of a three-game series between the Padres and the D-backs. Though victories have been hard to come by this season for Stults, run support has been equally tough.

The Padres have backed him with no runs -- that's right, zero -- while he's been on the mound in five occasions.

The last time out, the Padres backed Stults with one run in a 5-1 loss to the Cubs at Petco Park. Early on, though, it didn't appear as if Stults would need much support.

Stults was sharp early against the Cubs, burying his fastball and secondary pitches in the strike zone and inducing weak contact.

In fact, Stults retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced before Junior Lake dropped a bunt single to start the fourth inning. The next hit -- a home run by Anthony Rizzo -- went a whole lot farther: 417 feet.

"It was a good start ... early in the game, everything was working," Stults said. "At 3-and-1 [on Rizzo], I challenged him and he put a good swing on it."

All told, Stults went 4 2/3 innings and allowed all five runs.

Stults has had success against the D-backs. Last season, he allowed one run over nine innings in a victory on June 14. On Sept. 23, he allowed one run over 6 1/3 innings in another win.

Miley has experienced nearly the opposite. In his career against the Padres, Miley is 1-6 in 10 starts with 38 runs -- 33 earned -- 18 walks and a 5.09 ERA. He's tallied 39 strikeouts, and the Padres are hitting .289 against him.

Padres: Keeping it close
The Padres have had 34 of their games this season (65 percent) decided by two runs or fewer. They are 16-18 in those tight games. The 34 such games leads the Major Leagues this season.

The Padres have endured one of the most difficult schedules to open the season, having played 33 of their 52 games against teams with a .500 record or better, which is the seventh-highest total in the Majors. They are 16-17 in those matchups.

D-backs: Hill expected back in lineup 
Second baseman Aaron Hill, who fouled a pitch off his left ankle in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader, was pleading to be in the starting lineup Monday. 

Manager Kirk Gibson opted to hold out Hill, who flied out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning Monday.

Hill had texted Gibson on Monday morning to say that he would be able to play and is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday.

Worth noting
• The Padres are 17-3 this season when scoring four or more runs.

• The D-backs took two of the three games against the Padres to open the month of May. Arizona hasn't won more than two games in a row all month. Comments