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Posted: Friday, September 16, 2011 9:31 pm | Updated: 8:06 pm, Sat Sep 17, 2011.

(AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks haven't had many nights like this, and now's not the best time for their bats to turn quiet.

Tim Stauffer shut down Arizona into the seventh inning before leaving with arm stiffness and the last-place San Diego Padres beat the NL West-leading Diamondbacks 2-0 on Friday night.

It was just the fourth time the Diamondbacks have been shut out this season, a major league low. The Diamondbacks' lead over the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants was trimmed to six games with 11 to play. The Giants won 9-1 at Colorado.

"There's not many times we've been shut out this year. It was just one of those nights," manager Kirk Gibson said. "It's just not ideal."

Arizona had won 18 of 22 since Aug. 23, and had beaten the Padres nine times in their previous 11 meetings. San Diego had lost 17 of 20 coming in. Each team had just five hits at spacious Petco Park.

Stauffer (9-12) won for the first time in five starts by holding Arizona to four hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out six and walked none.

Manager Bud Black and a trainer came out to check on Stauffer after he got Aaron Hill to fly out to center. The right-hander then came out of the game.

Stauffer was coming off a no-decision in the Padres' 6-5 loss in 10 innings at Arizona last Saturday, when closer Heath Bell allowed two homers in the ninth and Joe Thatcher walked in the winning run in the 10th.

He was strong from the start in this one, striking out five in the first two innings.

"I was able to change speeds and get ahead in the count, forcing them to swing the bat," Stauffer said. "I was really happy with the execution of my pitches and the results."

Stauffer "shut us down," Gibson said. "First of all, he was throwing strikes. Both sides of the plate, mostly on the outside part of the plate to righties. A little cutter, slider, threw some curveballs, changeups. Just pounding the zone. Always ahead in the count. We must have had over 10 ground balls. So obviously some movement on the ball. He threw a good game."

Bell pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 38th save in 43 chances and complete the five-hitter for San Diego's seventh shutout this year. By comparison, the Padres tied the franchise record with 20 shutouts in 2010.

The Padres gave Stauffer all the support he needed by scoring two runs on three straight hits off rookie lefty Wade Miley (3-2) with one out in the first. Jason Bartlett singled, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Jesus Guzman's single to left-center. Nick Hundley doubled to move Guzman to third, and he scored after Gerardo Parra booted the ball in the left-field corner.

Miley (3-2) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings.

NOTES: Black said 3B James Darnell is probably out for the rest of the season after suffering a subluxation of his left shoulder while making a diving stop of Justin Upton's single leading off the seventh. ... San Diego 3B Chase Headley, on the disabled list since early August with a broken finger, is going to instructional camp in Arizona to get some at-bats. ... RHP Josh Collmenter (9-9, 3.40 ERA), who took a 7-6 loss to the Padres on Sunday, starts Saturday night's game against San Diego LHP Wade LeBlanc (3-5, 5.43 ERA). LeBlanc was the winner on Sunday. He's allowed four earned runs in each of his last four starts after allowing three or fewer runs in his first seven starts with the Padres this year.

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