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Padres beat punchless Giants, 2-0

SAN DIEGO -- A change of venue didn't change the result for the San Francisco Giants lineup. They were blanked 2-0 by the San Diego Padres on Friday at Petco Park, losing for the 18th time in 23 games. The Giants have been shut out in four of the past 11 games.

By most measures, Eric Stults has been one of the worst starting pitchers in baseball. The Padres left-hander was worth an MLB-worst negative-1.4 WAR (wins above replacement), according to Baseball-Reference.com, and entered with a 5.36 ERA, but he had little trouble with the Giants.

Stults gave up four hits and walked two in seven innings. It was only the second time this season Stults has pitched at least seven innings and the first start in which he didn't allow a run. Stults has given up fewer than two runs just twice in 18 starts, both times against the Giants.

Matt Cain gave up two runs while pitching into the seventh, both coming across in the third. Alexi Amarista jumped on a changeup down and in, lofting it just over the wall in right. A double by Seth Smith and single by Chase Headly made it 2-0.

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