San Diego Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner held the Pittsburgh Pirates to just one hit on Monday night, and the Padres (69-80) blanked the Bucs 2-0 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
Cashner faced the minimum number of 27 hitters, allowing a leadoff single to Pittsburgh’s Jose Tabata in the bottom of the seventh inning, but retiring the side with a double play ball offered up to Andrew McCutchen. Cashner (10-8; 3.21 ERA) was perfect through the first six innings. He finished his first Major League complete game with seven strikeouts and did not walk a batter.
Pirates starter A.J. Burnett (8-11; 3.43 ERA) threw shutout ball through six innings before allowing seventh-inning singles to former Pirate Ronny Cedeno and to Rene Rivera. Will Venable broke the scoreless tie with a sacrifice fly, and Morgantown, West Virginia’s Jedd Gyorko followed with an RBI single. Burnett finished with eight strikeouts and three walks, allowing six hits through six-and-two-thirds innings.
Cedeno, Rivera and Kyle Blanks each recorded two hits for the Padres.
The Pirates (87-63) remain tied with St. Louis for first place in the National League Central Division, since the Cardinals lost a 6-2 decision in Colorado. Their “magic number” for clinching a playoff berth remains at six. In the second game of their four-game home series with San Diego on Tuesday night, the Bucs will send lefty Jeff Locke (10-5; 3.14 ERA) against the Padres’ Erie Stults (8-13; 4.03 ERA).