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Cashner pitches effectively into 8th, Padres blank Marlins

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SAN DIEGO -- Andrew Cashner is learning on the fly when it comes to starting major league games. This was another positive step.

Cashner pitched 7 1/3 innings of four-hit ball and the San Diego Padres beat the Miami Marlins 5-0 on Monday night.

"Andrew was very good tonight," Padres manager Bud Black said. "I like the fact that he pitched into the eighth inning and gave our bullpen a rest. It was a clean win for us with good defense and timely hitting, but starting pitching is the key to our success."

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Cashner (2-2) struck out four and walked three in the longest outing of his career. Dale Thayer finished the five-hitter in front of a season-low crowd of 14,596 at Petco Park.

Cashner was a reliever at the beginning of last season, then made five starts toward the end of the year. The right-hander began this season in the bullpen after an offseason thumb injury hampered his ability to stretch out during spring training.

But he's back in the rotation now, and he bounced back quite nicely after a rocky showing in a loss at Chicago in his previous start.

Cashner, who can reach triple digits with his fastball, dominated Miami with his slow stuff. His changeup was an out pitch, and his sinker set up key double plays.

"I made good pitches when I needed to, which got me through some tough times," he said. "I think that's big. And that was the longest I've ever gone in a major league start, so there's definitely some confidence built from that. If I execute earlier in the game, I'll be able to routinely go deep into games and help my team win."

Miami was shut out for the fifth time this season, tying Atlanta and Philadelphia for most in the majors. The Marlins are last in the league with a .226 team batting average and 98 runs this season.

The lackluster performance came a day after Miami scored 14 runs in a victory over Philadelphia.

"We had a couple chances early and we didn't capitalize," manager Mike Redmond said. "We didn't get it done, and we've been struggling with guys in scoring position. It's frustrating when that happens."

Jedd Gyorko homered for the third time in six days and Chase Headley had an RBI double for San Diego, which has won four of five and nine of 12. It was the Padres' first shutout the season.

Wade LeBlanc (0-5) allowed four runs, three earned, and four hits over five innings in his first career start against his former team. The left-hander is 0-7 with a 6.35 ERA in his past 12 appearances dating to last season.

Miami handed a run to San Diego when catcher Rob Brantly dropped Carlos Quentin's two-out popup in the first, allowing Everth Cabrera to score from second.

Gyorko connected in the second, driving a 1-0 pitch over the wall in center for his third homer of the season.

"That's a sign that my timing is good," said Gyorko, who is batting .333 with six RBI in his past 14 games. "I have a natural lift in my swing, and the ball will travel if the bat's on time. Right now it is. The key now is to sustain it."

That's also the key for the Padres as they try to stay on a roll after getting off to a dismal 5-15 start.

"We're playing the way we thought we were capable at the start of the season," said Headley, who extended his hitting streak to 11 games. "Baseball is funny that way, with stretches where nothing goes right and others where you get it all turned around. Hopefully our slow start will be a blip on the radar and we'll play well for the majority of the year."

Notes

  • Padres RHP Clayton Richard saw a gastroenterologist for help with an intestinal virus that sent him to the 15-day disabled list. Black said the ailment won't keep him from a regular throwing schedule, and he will go on a minor-league rehab assignment before returning to 25-man roster.
  • CF Cameron Maybin (wrist) won't be ready for baseball activities for 10 to 14 days. Black said swinging a bat will be the biggest hurdle to Maybin's return from the disabled list.
  • Redmond said 1B Logan Morrison will start playing extended spring training games on Tuesday. Morrison is on the 60-day disabled list with a right knee injury and is eligible to return June 1.
  • Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez played catch Monday, a milestone after suffering a setback in the rehab of his shoulder injury.
 
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The Marlins were shut out for the fifth time this season, tying the Braves and Phillies for most in the majors.  (Getty Images)
The Marlins were shut out for the fifth time this season, tying the Braves and Phillies for most in the majors. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Diego

A. Cashner
IP 7.1
H 4
ER 0
BB 3
K 4
San Diego

E. Cabrera
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF3010101 .237
Chris Valaika, 2B4000024 .213
Placido Polanco, 3B3000100 .248
Justin Ruggiano, CF3010123 .239
Marcell Ozuna, RF4000012 .407
Greg Dobbs, 1B4000002 .230
Rob Brantly, C3010001 .222
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS3010001 .197
Wade LeBlanc, P1000000 .182
    Tom Koehler, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Coghlan, PH1010000 .185
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
Totals2905035  
a-singled for Koehler in the 8th
Batting
2B - Juan Pierre (4, Cashner), Adeiny Hechavarria (1, Cashner)
SH - Wade LeBlanc (1)
SB - Juan Pierre (12, 2nd base off Cashner/Hundley), Justin Ruggiano (5, 2nd base off Cashner/Hundley)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Rob Brantly (1, Dropped fly), Placido Polanco (1, Misplayed grounder)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade LeBlanc (L,0-5) 5443331 6.11
Tom Koehler 2111110 3.18
Chad Qualls 1000010 3.77
Pitches-Strikes - Wade LeBlanc 86-52, Tom Koehler 27-13, Chad Qualls 10-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade LeBlanc 9-5, Tom Koehler 2-3, Chad Qualls 1-1
Batters Faced - Wade LeBlanc 24, Tom Koehler 8, Chad Qualls 3
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Denorfia, CF-RF^LF4111000 .300
Everth Cabrera, SS2211200 .262
Chase Headley, 3B4021011 .299
Carlos Quentin, LF4000000 .172
    Alexi Amarista, PR-CF0000000 .220
Kyle Blanks, RF-LF3000113 .273
    Dale Thayer, P0000000 .000
Yonder Alonso, 1B4000004 .270
Jedd Gyorko, 2B4111010 .267
Nick Hundley, C3100100 .287
Andrew Cashner, P2000020 .200
    Will Venable, RF0000000 .216
Totals3055445  
Batting
2B - Chase Headley (6, Koehler)
HR - Jedd Gyorko (3, LeBlanc)
SH - Andrew Cashner (3)
RBI - Chris Denorfia (11), Everth Cabrera (8), Chase Headley (10), Jedd Gyorko (12)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Denorfia (8), Everth Cabrera (5)
SB - Everth Cabrera 2 (10, 2nd base off LeBlanc/Brantly, 2nd base off Koehler/Brantly)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Cashner-Cabrera-Alonso, Gyorko-Cabrera-Alonso
PB - Nick Hundley (1)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Andrew Cashner (W,2-2) 7.1400340 3.23
Dale Thayer 1.2100010 1.76
Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Cashner 97-55, Dale Thayer 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Cashner 10-7, Dale Thayer 2-1
Batters Faced - Andrew Cashner 28, Dale Thayer 5
Game Information
Attendance - 14596
Game Time - 2:23
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Jordan Baker, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Manny Gonzalez