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Pitching coming up big for Padres

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Three Padres pitchers have pitched complete-game shutouts since July 19, including two in a three-game span this week.

Righty Jason Marquis shut out the Pirates on two hits and a walk Saturday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh in a 5-0 Padres win. He didn't allow a hit until the seventh -- marking the first time in Marquis' 287-start career that he took a no-hitter into the seventh.

Travis Snider broke up Marquis' bid for a no-hitter with an infield single leading off the seventh.

Two games earlier, lefty Clayton Richard threw a five-hit shutout against the Chicago Cubs at Petco Park in San Diego. Richard walked two and struck out five.

On July 19, Edinson Volquez shut out the Houston Astros 1-0 at Petco Park in San Diego. He allowed one hit, an infield single that he couldn't field. Volquez walked three Astros and struck out five.

Before those three games, the Padres, who fell to the Pirates 11-5 Sunday, hadn't had a complete-game shutout this season. In fact, the complete-game shutouts by Volquez and Richard were the first two by a Padres pitcher in the history of Petco Park.

Signed by the Padres on June 1 when injuries decimated the Padres rotation, Marquis is 6-6 in 13 starts for the Padres with a 3.66 ERA. The Padres are 7-6 in his starts.

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