Cashner lifts Padres past Phillies, 1-0
SAN DIEGO (AP) Andrew Cashner was not happy about the way his no-hitter was broken up.
Dominic Brown's fifth-inning bunt against the shift with one out in the fifth was the Phillies first hit, and Cashner finished with a two-hitter as the San Diego Padres beat the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 on Monday night.
''I thought once I got through the fourth, I thought I had a chance,'' Cashner said about throwing the first no-hitter in Padres history. ''My stuff was good enough to get to the ninth.''
Marlon Byrd singled in the eighth for Philadelphia's other hit.
Brown bunted safely down the third-base line, with the Padres deploying a shift on the left-handed hitter.
Cashner's battery mate, Rene Rivera, didn't take exception to Brown's tactic.
''If you are going to give a guy that side of the infield, why not?'' Rivera said. ''That is the only bad thing about playing the shift. I think it was good thinking by him.''
The Padres scored on Cody Asche's fielding error in the second inning.
Cashner (4-7) allowed two hits, struck out seven and walked one in winning for the second straight time after going winless since April 16 against Colorado. Cashner has a franchise-best 17 straight home starts where he's allowed two or fewer earned runs.
Jerome Williams (3-2) limited the Padres to an unearned run, three hits and two walks in 7 2-3 innings.
''Jerome was pretty good himself,'' Phillies manager Ryan Sandberg said. ''He pitched very well. We just couldn't get anything going off of Cashner.''
After Brown reached, Wil Nieves followed with a pop up to Jedd Gyorko, with Brown running on the pitch. Brown was doubled off when he neglected to re-touch second returning to first base.
The Padres scored after Rivera opened the second with a double and later Cashner hit a hard grounder to Asche at third. Asche tried to backhand the ball, but was unable to do more than knock it down in drawing the error.
''I thought I squared the ball up well,'' Cashner said. ''But it doesn't matter if it is a hit or an error as long as we win.''
Cashner, who blanked the Tigers on April 11, retired the first 11 batters before Chase Utley walked.
Cashner had command of a fastball which reached 97 mph and mixed in a biting curveball and changeup. He didn't go to his slider as often as usual.
Padres: RHP Joaquin Benoit (sore right shoulder) took Monday off after throwing on Sunday. Benoit could throw again on Tuesday. Manager Bud Black said it was important to Benoit to return before the year is over.
''You want to end the season competing,'' Black said. . RHP Tyson Ross will skip his start on Thursday for ''general arm soreness,'' Black said. He will be replaced in the rotation by LHP Robbie Erlin.
Phillies: SS Jimmy Rollins remains out of the lineup with a strained left hamstring. Rollins is increasing his baseball activities, according to manager Ryne Sandberg.
Phillies RHP A.J. Burnett (8-16, 4.34 ERA) will try for his second win this season against the Padres when he faces RHP Ian Kennedy (10-13, 3.77). Kennedy has pitched at least six innings in 21 of his 30 starts this year.
Phillies outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr., played his first game in San Diego since his father, Padres icon Tony Gwynn, passed away this summer. ''It's always good to come back,'' he said. Gwynn was bragging about the San Diego Chargers, his favorite team, upsetting the Super Bowl champions Seahawks on Sunday. ''I knew they could do it,'' he said.
The Padres start their final home stand two days after being eliminated from the NL West division race. San Diego hasn't been to the postseason since 2006, when it won the NL West for the second consecutive year.