Brandon McCarthy avoided taking sole possession of the most losses in baseball on Friday night with a win against San Diego. On Saturday night, Eric Stults will hope to do the same by staving off the D-backs.
After struggling all season long, Stults (2-10) had perhaps his best start of 2014 his last time out against Los Angeles, allowing six hits and two runs in a season-high seven innings. But the lefty was still tagged with his 10th loss as the Padres only mustered one run against Josh Beckett and the Dodgers in a 2-1 defeat.
"I was able to limit the mistakes and just was able to keep them off-balance," Stults said. "Their guy threw a little better, unfortunately."
Stults still has the highest ERA (5.49) in the Major Leagues among all qualified starters, and the second-lowest WAR (-1.2).
Josh Collmenter will take the mound for Arizona, more than a week after his last start, when he allowed just one run and four hits against San Francisco in five innings.
Collmenter was originally scheduled to start Friday with McCarthy going Saturday, but was needed to pitch the 14th inning in Tuesday night's extra-inning affair against Cleveland. He worked the final frame with just 11 pitches to record the win in the 9-8 walk-off victory for the D-backs. Manager Kirk Gibson said he feels comfortable that the 28-year-old has enough rest to take the mound again.
Collmenter began the season in the bullpen, but with the struggles of Randall Delgado and an early injury to Patrick Corbin, Arizona moved him from the 'pen to the rotation in April.
The right-hander has a 5.43 ERA (17 ER in 28.2 inning) in his five road starts this season, but has yet to face the Padres in 2014, whom the D-backs are 5-2 against.
D-backs: Owings expected back in lineup
After being scratched from the starting lineup Friday due to a sore left shoulder as a precautionary measure, shortstop Chris Owings is expected to be back on the field Saturday.
Owings initially jammed the shoulder last Friday on a play at home plate and didn't return to the lineup until Wednesday, when he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
"Just thought it would be smarter to get him out of there and let him be able to work at his own pace and not force him into the game [Friday]," Gibson said. "I'm hoping and think that he'll probably be ready to go [Saturday]."
Didi Gregorius got the start at shortstop in place of Owings on Friday and went 1-for-3 with a double, just his fourth extra-base hit of 2014 in 54 at-bats.
Padres: Quentin hurts shoulder
Left fielder Carlos Quentin was scratched from Friday's lineup with a sore left shoulder, the result of a diving attempt at catching a fly ball in Wednesday's no-hit loss to the Giants at AT&T Park.
"A slicing liner that sort of buckled his shoulder a little bit," said Padres manager Bud Black. "We decided to take him out of the lineup based on how his left shoulder is feeling."
Black hopes the injury to Quentin is just day to day.
"Carlos played hard," Black said. "I've seen him make some great plays at Petco and on the road. He's not afraid to dive."
Quentin was 0-for-6 in the Giants series and has just one hit in his last 15 at-bats. His 2014 slash line is .179/.293/.321, as the veteran has struggled to overcome a litany of injuries.
• The Padres have held their opponents without a home run in each of their last nine games, a streak of 83 innings. Stults was the last pitcher to surrender a homer, to Robinson Cano on June 17.
• Arizona's outfielders have 24 assists, the most of any unit in the Majors. Gerardo Parra's and A.J. Pollock's six assists are tied for the National League lead.
Will Laws is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.