Into the fray of an eventful Tuesday at Petco Park stepped Eric Stults, perhaps the quietest member of a team navigating choppy waters.

Earlier, Padres president and CEO Tom Garfinkel had resigned. Soon thereafter, first-round draft pick Hunter Renfroe signed, emitting a temporary ray of light amid a season-long losing streak.

With a pitching repertoire to match his demeanor, Stults calmed more than a few nerves among the 22,733 on hand to witness a 2-1 win over the Rockies. Leading the way was a stoic left-hander, tossing his second complete game of the season as the Padres snapped a 10-game skid.

"This was a big one," said Everth Cabrera, who went 2-for-4 with his first double since returning from the disabled list. "We lost 10 in a row, and the look on everybody's faces said we needed this win."

Stults went 2-for-3 at the plate, with two singles. That nearly matched the extent of the Rockies' offense, depleted without the services of Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki and Dexter Fowler.

Previously the owner of the Padres' only complete game this year, Stults no-hit the Rockies for the first four innings. After he yielded his first hit, an infield single to Josh Rutledge in the top of the fifth, he induced three consecutive outs. Leading off the bottom of the inning, Stults himself legged out an infield bouncer, though that also led to no runs.

Stults' shutout bid ended just short, in the ninth when Nolan Arenado's two-out single scored Wilin Rosario from second base.

A subsequent mound visit from Bud Black prompted boos from the crowd. Only, after a brief moment of deliberation, the Padres manager left Stults in the game, whereupon the audience erupted in cheers.

"It was more about what he told me, to be honest," Black said afterward. "I went out there thinking I might make a change. When I hit the dirt I saw the look in his eyes that he wasn't ready to come out."

Stults struck out Rutledge for the final out. He threw a season-high 122 pitches, allowing four hits and three walks. He struck out five.

"I was grateful that he trusted me to finish the game out," Stults said of Black. "I felt good."