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Almost perfect: Padres' Cashner one-hits Pirates

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 card race.

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.

Game Notes

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.

09/16 22:01:55 ET

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