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San Diego Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer exhales while pitching against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game on a cool night, Monday, April 18, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching) San Diego Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer exhales while pitching against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game on a cool night, Monday, April 18, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

CHICAGO (AP) — Already struggling to get runs across the plate, the last thing the San Diego Padres needed to run into was a hot pitching Carlos Zambrano and temperatures in the low-30s.

The Padres were shutout for the fourth time this season on Monday night and wasted a stellar effort from Tim Stauffer, losing 1-0 to the Chicago Cubs in 10 innings.

"Those are the games we play," Padres manager Bud Black said. "We had a couple chances to get a hit and didn't. They got a hit at the end."

Pinch-hitter Tyler Colvin doubled home Geovany Soto off of Chad Qualls (0-1) with two outs in the 10th inning to deliver the walk-off win.

Soto reached on a fielder's choice with two outs, then scored from first when Colvin lined a shot to right.

Carlos Marmol (1-1) struck out two in 1 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win for the Cubs.

Stauffer scattered four hits in seven scoreless innings, striking out four and walking one. He lowered his ERA from 4.80 to 3.27 before being replaced by pinch-hitter Brad Hawpe in the eighth after throwing just 95 pitches.

"I knew a run or two was going to be the difference in the game," Stauffer said. "We played well, it's just tough to get some runs going. Tough day to swing the bats."

Zambrano one-upped Stauffer, allowing three hits in eight scoreless innings for Chicago. He struck out 10 and walked one.

Zambrano struck out the side in the first, then got stronger as the game went on. He retired the last 13 batters he faced, lowering his ERA from 6.11 to 4.21.

"He's been tough against us over the years if you look at the numbers," Black said of Zambrano. "He's evolved a little bit now, into a guy who is changing speeds and keeping the ball down, not relying on velocity."

Zambrano, who hasn't lost since being put on the suspended list for a dugout tirade during a loss to the White Sox on June 25, faced his only real trouble in the second.

He struck out Nick Hundley to lead off the inning before allowing a single to Ryan Ludwick. Cameron Maybin then reached base on a fielder's choice, and Jason Bartlett's single advanced Maybin to third.

But Zambrano stranded both runners by getting Stauffer to ground out to shortstop.

Zambrano allowed just one more hit a fourth-inning single by Hundley.

"Big Z has been here for almost 10 years so he can handle (the cold)," Soto said. "Plus seeing him pitch with no sleeves, I was even colder."

With a first-pitch temperature of 34 degrees and a 12 mph wind blowing in, both lineups struggled.

San Diego's 3-4-5 hitters — Orlando Hudson, Jorge Cantu and Hundley — went a combined 1 for 11 with eight strikeouts. Bartlett, who entered the game batting .167, led the Padres with two hits.

"It's Chicago. It's the windy city. It's a great place to play in the summertime," Hudson said. "But it's not summertime."

Chicago's 3-4-5 hitters — Marlon Byrd, Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena — also went a combined 1-for-11.

Pena just missed winning it with a left-field shot in the ninth, but the wind kept him from his first homer in a Cubs uniform.

Notes: It was the first night game at Wrigley Field in 2011. ... Chicago right-handed pitchers Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner were scheduled to be evaluated by the team orthopedic specialist Monday night. Both have been on the DL since April 8 — Wells with a strained forearm and Cashner with a rotator cuff strain. ... Padres OF Chris Denorfia pinch-hit a day after exiting San Diego's 8-6 win over Houston in the fourth inning with a bruised left forearm suffered during a collision with the right-field wall. ... LHP Joe Thatcher, who's spent the early season on the DL with a shoulder injury, played catch Monday. San Diego manager Bud Black said Thatcher felt fine but isn't ready to throw off a mound yet.


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