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Padres get just one hit, but still beat Pirates
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Diego Padres had just one hit in a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.
Everth Cabrera's bunt single in the first inning was the lone hit for the Padres, who scored on a sacrifice fly, an error and a bases-loaded walk to avoid a three-game sweep. Carlos Quentin and Chris Denorfia each knocked in a run.
San Diego starter Ian Kennedy (5-6) allowed two runs on five hits while striking out seven over six innings. He improved to 2-5 at home this season.
It marked the third time in franchise history that the Padres have won a game while recording only one hit. The other two occurrences were April 20, 2010 against the San Francisco Giants and July 19, 1975 against the Chicago Cubs.
"There are a lot of ways to win a baseball game and that was one of them," said Padres manager Bud Black. "When you win a game where you only get one knock, it's a pretty good one. You feel good about it."
Andrew McCutchen hit a solo homer for the Pirates, who went 6-4 on a 10-game road trip. Josh Harrison went 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Francisco Liriano (1-6) got the start for Pittsburgh and gave up three runs -- two earned -- on one hit over five innings. He had six walks and seven strikeouts.
"I don't think I have ever been a part of this situation," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. "We didn't quite execute the way we wanted to, kept battling (and) came up one run short."
The Padres jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Denorfia walked, stole second, moved to third on Cabrera's bunt single and scored on Quentin's sacrifice fly to shallow right field. After Chase Headley was hit by a pitch, Cabrera scored on Harrison's throwing error on Tommy Medica's grounder.
McCutchen homered in the top of the fourth.
But San Diego got the run back in the bottom half. Medica and Kennedy walked and Jace Peterson was intentionally walked to load the bases with two outs. Denorfia worked a walk to force in a run.
Pittsburgh scored a run in the fifth. Jordy Mercer singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and raced home on Harrison's double to left-center field.
The Padres left the bases loaded in the sixth.
The Pirates had a chance to tie things up in the eighth. With Joaquin Benoit on the mound, Harrison led off with a double to left. Pinch-hitter Neil Walker and McCutchen flied out, which allowed Harrison to move to third. Ike Davis grounded out to end the inning.
Huston Street worked around a one-out single in the ninth to record his 18th save of the season.
Kennedy won his third straight start ... The Pirates were trying to sweep the Padres in a three-game series in San Diego for the first time since April 29- May 1, 2003 at Qualcomm Stadium ... The Padres recalled Peterson from Triple-A El Paso and optioned pitcher Jesse Hahn to Double-A San Antonio. Peterson, who played second base, went 0-for-1 with a walk ... Pittsburgh's Tony Watson, who pitched a perfect seventh, has now made 18 straight scoreless appearances ... The last time the Pirates lost a game when only allowing one hit was July 25, 1992 against the Atlanta Braves.
06/05 01:04:31 ET