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Stults Stifles Mariners

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    Eric Stults pitched a gem Wednesday against Seattle.

    Padres starter Eric Stults provided the pitching. Third baseman Chase Headley provided the power. Outfielder Will Venable provided the pizzazz. Add 'em all up and it equalled a Padres win.

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    Headley hit a first inning 411-foot blast that found the upper deck in right field. His solo shot off Joe Saunders gave the Padres an early 1-0 lead.

    Stults pitched a masterful game for the Padres. He struck out the side twice. Stults fanned 12, allowing no walks. That feat had only been accomplished twice before (Andy Benes-1994 / Sterling Hitchcock-1998) in club history.

    The game was tied at one heading into the ninth inning. Huston Street came in relief of Stults and promptly gave up a home run to Jason Bay, the first batter he faced.

    Trailing 2-1 the Padres managed to tie the game up in the bottom of the ninth. In the tenth inning Will Venable won it with a bases loaded single.

    Thursday's game is the final of a home and home four game series. First pitch at Petco Park is scheduled for 12:40 p.m.