San Diego, CA- Eric Stults continued his road struggles yesterday as San Diego Padres fell to the Braves 8-3.
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The Padres scored the games first run in the top of the third on a solo-home run by Yangervis Solarte, his first with the Padres to give them a 1-0 lead. Since being acquired from the New York Yankees in the Chase Headley trade, Solarte has driven in a run in each of his first five games.
Stults started the game strong on the mound, retiring the first six Braves he faced.
Then came the 3rd inning.
The Braves would score six runs off Stults on an RBI single by Tommy La Stella, a two-run double by Chris Johnson off the glove of 1st baseman Yasmani Grandal and a two-run single by Ryan Doumit to give the Braves a 6-1 lead.
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The Padres would cut the Braves lead to 6-3 on a solo homer by Rene Rivera in the sixth and an RBI single by Tommy Medica in the seventh, but Justin Upton would get those runs right back for the Braves in the bottom of the seventh with a two-run double to extend the Braves lead to 8-3.
With the loss Stults fell to (3-13) on the season, after allowing six runs on six hits in six innings of work. Besides his awful third inning, Stults was solid in every other inning allowing no hits. Stults 13 losses leads all major league pitchers.
Stults fell to (0-9) on the road this season for the Padres with a 5.22 ERA.