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SD@LAD: Stults limits Dodgers to three runs in win

Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann became the Majors' first seven-game winner on Monday. Will he become the first eight-game winner on Saturday?

We'll find out when the Nationals take on the Padres at Petco Park, a place Zimmermann is 1-0 with a minuscule 0.69 ERA in two career starts.

Facing the Dodgers in his last start, Zimmermann (7-1, 1.69 ERA) allowed just two runs on nine hits in 72/3 innings for his fourth straight win.

Striking out five and walking none in the contest, it marked Zimmermann's fourth straight game that he tossed seven or more innings and allowed two runs or less.

"He just kept attacking the zone," Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said after the game. "He was getting himself in good counts, and it's a good way to pitch, ahead in the count. He did a great job of that."

Meanwhile, left-hander Eric Stults will be on the hill for the Padres, hoping to regain his command after a shaky start his last time out.

After walking only eight batters in his first seven starts, Stults (3-3, 4.57 ERA) issued five free passes in a loss to the Rays on Sunday. In 5 1/3 innings, he allowed three runs on five hits.

"To walk five, that's not my game," he said after the game. "It was a struggle for me. I didn't have a real good feel for my pitches."

Manager Bud Black was still impressed with Stults' effort.

"He battled his command a little," Black said. "It looked as though he wasn't making his pitches. But he competed, battled."

Nationals: Detwiler to miss next start
• Washington left-hander Ross Detwiler will not make his next start on Monday against the Giants due to a lower back injury.

Detwiler had a second MRI on Friday and the results were still inconclusive. He'll get more tests done Saturday.

Manager Davey Johnson said Detwiler could have an oblique strain. Doctors are also going to check to see if there are any problems in Detwiler's vertebrae.

"He did say he felt a lot better," Johnson said. "It doesn't hurt him when he sneezes or walks, so that is a good sign. He says he hopes he misses one start."

Padres: Stauffer called up; Quentin on paternity leave
• San Diego selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Tim Stauffer from Triple-A Tucson and placed outfielder Carlos Quentin on paternity leave on Friday.

To make room for Stauffer on the 40-man roster, the team designated right-handed pitcher Thad Weber for assignment.

Stauffer, who started Opening Day for the Padres in 2011, had a 2-2 record with a 3.16 ERA over eight starts with Tucson.

"It was encouraging, from a health standpoint, it felt good and from a pitching standpoint, I was able to build on some things. I felt I was throwing the ball the way I needed to throw the ball," said Stauffer.

Worth noting
• Washington is 17-2 when scoring first this season, compared to 6-17 when its opponent gets on the board first.

• Since joining the Padres last year, the club is 15-7 in Stults' 22 starts, with the left-hander going 11-6 with a 3.50 ERA. Comments