Stauffer a big hit on the mound, and at bat

Stauffer a big hit on the mound, and at bat

Stauffer a big hit on the mound, and at bat
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Tim Stauffer pitched six scoreless innings and singled home two runs Wednesday as the Padres beat the Dodgers, 3-0, for their eighth win in the last 10 games.

With the Dodgers pitching nothing but relievers, Stauffer allowed only three hits with two strikeouts and no walks. He's likely to be named San Diego's starting pitcher for Opening Day against the Dodgers.

His bat came into play in the fifth inning with Todd Coffey on the mound. James Darnell led off with a single and Everth Cabrera walked one out later. Stauffer then blooped a double into shallow right field to score Darnell. Cabrera ran through third-base coach Glenn Hoffman's stop sign and also scored as Mark Ellis' throw wasn't cut off.

Jesus Guzman added to San Diego's lead with his second hit, an RBI single off Coffey later in the inning.

Jamey Wright, fighting for a job as a non-roster invitee for the seventh consecutive spring, made his first start in five years as a late fill-in for Ted Lilly, who was switched to a Minor League game. He worked two perfect innings. Scott Rice, another non-roster invitee, remained unscored upon with his sixth inning of work.

Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson left the game after two innings because of an aggravated right groin injury.

Up next: Cory Luebke, the projected No. 2 starter in the Padres rotation, is scheduled to throw five innings on Thursday, when the Indians visit Peoria Sports Complex for a 1:05 p.m. PT game. Luebke has a 2.00 ERA to show for his first three starts of the spring with 10 strikeouts in nine innings. Luebke has been able to use his changeup effectively, a pitch he will use more in 2012 than last season. New closer Huston Street is also scheduled to work one inning in the game.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.