Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Andrew Cashner carried a perfect game into
the seventh inning en route to his first career shutout as the San Diego
Padres blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2-0, in the opener of a four-game set
at PNC Park.
Cashner (10-8) had his bid come to an end on Jose Tabata's leadoff single in
the seventh. It was the only baserunner the right-hander allowed. Cashner
struck out seven.
Will Venable and Jedd Gyorko drove in one run apiece for the Padres, winners
in three of their last four games.
A.J. Burnett (8-11) allowed both runs on six hits while striking out eight
over 6 2/3 innings to absorb the loss.
With the setback, the Pirates fell a half-game behind the St. Louis Cardinals
for the top spot in the NL Central, but hold a healthy lead in the NL wild
The Cardinals are currently playing the Colorado Rockies.
The Padres pushed both runs across in the seventh inning. With runners on the
corners and one out, Venable lifted a sacrifice fly to center to score Ronny
Cedeno. After Alexi Amarista was hit by a pitch, Gyorko singled home Cashner,
who slid across the plate just ahead of Tabata's throw.
The Padres are the only team in the majors without a no-hitter ... It was also
Cashner's first complete game ... The Padres were 1-for-9 with runners in
scoring position ... Marlon Byrd had his seven-game hitting streak snapped.
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