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SAN DIEGO -- Eric Stults had nothing to show for his best start of the season, though it was just what his team needed. The San Diego Padres starting pitcher couldnt have been happier after Will Venable drove home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Wednesday night. Venables third game-ending hit scored Chris Denorfia from third to complete an improbable comeback after Padres batters struggled mightily through the first eight innings. It also allowed Stults to smile after a career-high, 12-strikeout performance where he allowed one run and three hits over eight dominant innings. "The numbers were great, but the win was the important thing," Stults said. "The end result is all that matters and Im proud of how we rallied late and were able to finish this game on top." Kyle Blanks forced extra innings in the bottom of the ninth with a one-out sacrifice fly off Mariners closer Tom Wilhemsen, who blew his second save in 13 tries by allowing just his second earned run in 23 innings. The dramatic finish followed a home run from Jason Bay off Padres closer Huston Street that gave Seattle a 2-1 lead in the ninth. Street has given up seven home runs in 20 1-3 innings this season. Stults, by contrast, was on point. "Eric pitched brilliantly," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Stults has pitched some very good games for us, but I dont know how you throw any better. All four pitches were effective and were thrown with excellent command. That was impressive." The left-hander struck out hitters in bunches, including two stretches of four straight. Stults previous strikeout best was nine, set on Aug. 17, 2007, while pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Colorado Rockies. "Im not really a strikeout guy," Stults said. "I normally pitch to contact, but I felt like I could attack their aggressiveness and use all my pitches to get them out. I was able to throw off-speed pitches low in the zone, and I believed I could make them swing and miss with that game plan." The Mariners were frustrated all night by a pitcher who doesnt throw fastballs above 90 mph and has a curveball 20 mph slower. Theyve lost seven straight on the road, and have struggled to score runs during a brutal 2-10 stretch. "We have got to get the offence going," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "Thats what sticks with you during runs like this. Were not scoring enough runs and were inconsistent. The guys have to step up." Seattle wasted a solid effort by starter Joe Saunders. Saunders continued his dominance over the Padres with one run and four hits allowed in seven strong innings, but his bullpen let him down. Saunders has allowed just one run in his last 29 2-3 innings against the Padres. Chase Headley opened the scoring with a 403-foot solo home run to left field in the first inning. Saunders kept the Padres off balance with a mix of pitches and a well-placed fastball, and pitched 6 1-3 shutout innings after Headleys blast. "When you see a guy like Stults putting up zeros, you tell yourself you have to do the same," Saunders said. "Whatever it takes, you have to keep your team in the game." Saunders did so, but the Padres wore on the Mariners bullpen in the eighth and ninth before breaking through in the 10th inning. The Padres got to Seattle reliever Yoervis Medina (1-1) to win it in the 10th. Denorfia legged out an infield hit and advanced to third on Everth Cabreras seeing-eye bloop single near second base. Headley was intentionally walked before Venables game-winner. "I was really comfortable up there," Venable said. "I got a decent pitch to hit and was able to find a spot where they couldnt make a play. Its nice to win one like that. It shows great resolve all around." Luke Gregerson (3-2) pitched a scoreless 10th to earn the win. NOTES: Padres C Yasmani Grandal didnt shed much light on his use of performance-enhancing drugs on Wednesday in his first press conference with home media since testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone in November. He did say that he took an illegal substance in order to stay healthy, not to sustain an edge over the competition. He didnt divulge further details about PED use, citing an open MLB investigation surrounding the issue. . Mariners OF Michael Morse remained in Seattle when the team left for Wednesdays game at San Diego due to a quadriceps strain suffered on Tuesday. He was examined on Wednesday, and Mariners manager Eric Wedge said he believed Morses would gone 3-5 days and that he could catch up with the team during a weekend series at Minnesota. . 1B Justin Smoak, out since Saturday with a strained oblique muscle, took batting practice and pinch hit in the eighth inning. . Padres INF Logan Forsythe, on the 60-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis, moved his minor-league rehab assignment from extended spring training to Triple-A Tucson. . Seattle 2B got his first major-league hit in the fifth inning. Joe Morgan Athletics Jersey. -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar will be out for roughly four weeks after tearing his left hamstring. Tony Phillips Athletics Jersey. After a first half in which he thought "the lid was on the basket," the Toronto Raptors coach watched his squad mount a second half surge to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-91. Dukurs winning time was 1 minute, 45.76 seconds, a quarter-second better than Russias Alexander Tretiakov. Lativas Tomass Dukurs was third, 1.41 seconds off the pace. Jon Montgomery of Eckville, Alta. Yonder Alonso Athletics Jersey. On Tuesday, Ottawa placed forward Cory Conacher and defenceman Joe Corvo on waivers as trade rumours swirl around the Senators. Oakland Athletics T-shirts. Inter president Erick Thohir says in a club statement on Wednesday that Vidic is "one of the worlds best defenders and his qualities, international pedigree, and charisma will be an asset.Chris Hughton has praised the performance of his Brighton players as they suffered Championship play-off heartbreak against Sheffield Wednesday. The Seagulls finished 15 points clear of their semi-final opponents but were beaten 3-1 on aggregate to end their hopes of promotion to the Premier League. The Yorkshire side held a 2-0 advantage from the first leg at Hillsborough, but despite Lewis Dunk netting for Brighton, Ross Wallace equalised for the Owls and the hosts were unable to find another reply. Manager Hughton was full of praise for his players, who missed out on automatic promotion on goal difference, and thought his side deserved more from the match.Yes, it is a tough night because I didnt think it was a correct scoreline, I thought we had the better chances, Hughton told Sky Sports following the game. Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final second leg Unfortunately for us, weve gone through a period in the last few games where things have gone against us either with decisions or injuries but Ive got a group of players in there who have been magnificent all season.They were never out of that top six and in that top three for most of the season and what they have got to do is use this as inspiration. Its tough at the moment for them but they have to use it to replicate it next season and to do that, theyve got to do what theyve done all this season.Theyve been excellent to work with, their application every day and its as good of a team spiritt as Ive seen as a manager or a coach.dddddddddddd I hope they can use that and todays events and the events during the season to be better next season. Sheffield Wednesday beat Brighton 3-1 on aggregate in the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-finals Finishing so many points clear of sixth place, its tough but thats how it is, but they will be better players for it and more experienced for it.Brighton will be joined by Aston Villa, Newcastle and Norwich in the Championship next season, and Hughton thinks the league will only get more difficult as those sides battle for a return to the Premier League. Brighton were knocked out on a 3-1 aggregate score against Sheffield Wednesday Hughton said: I think this division will continue to get tougher. Its tough enough as it is anyway with the amount of games that you play and the level of performance from most of the teams.We went through a big chunk of this season winning games probably by a goal which is how tight the margins were so well find it tougher but the three teams coming down will also find out how tough it is. We have to use that to our advantage and come again strong next season. Also See: Sheff Wed book Wembley date As it happened Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '


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