Pitching well despite being winless in more than a month, Cashner tries to help visiting San Diego win its fourth straight Tuesday night while keeping the Philadelphia Phillies from their longest win streak in three months.
The Padres (65-77) finished a 5-1 homestand Sunday when Nick Hundley delivered a go-ahead, three-run double in the seventh inning in a 5-2 win over Colorado. It was the first time since June 1998 that they won three straight games despite being tied or behind in the seventh inning or later.
Now San Diego hopes to come up big at the plate for Cashner (8-8, 3.45 ERA), who is 0-3 in his last five starts despite a 2.18 ERA. The Padres dropped four of those games and totaled nine runs, including only four when Cashner was on the mound.
The right-hander has yielded two earned runs over his last 21 innings, and he'll try to provide a lift for a rotation that has a 5.52 ERA in dropping eight of 10 away from home. However, Cashner has a 4.61 ERA on the road compared to 2.14 at home.
The converted reliever will start on nine days' rest after throwing a career-high 119 pitches Aug. 31, when he allowed a run in seven innings but did not get a decision in a 2-1 loss to the Dodgers.
"Cash is feeling good," manager Bud Black told the league's official website. "We want him to keep pitching. And he's going to make his starts. He's been great all year."
Cashner, who has given up three earned runs or less in nine straight starts, has a 1.80 ERA against the Phillies in six appearances - all in relief.
Chase Utley has never seen Cashner, but he's batting .385 with three home runs in his last seven games against the Padres. The second baseman is 8 for 17 in his last five games overall.
Utley had two hits and Darin Ruf hit the go-ahead, solo homer in the eighth inning as the Phillies (66-77) swept NL East-leading Atlanta with Sunday's 3-2 victory.
Philadelphia starters posted a 2.45 ERA while striking out 27 in the three games.
"I think it means a lot," said interim manager Ryne Sandberg , who looks to guide the Phillies to four straight wins for the first time since a five-game run June 2-6.
"There are games to be played. And there are games to be won."
Tyler Cloyd (2-3, 3.57) will try to continue the team's recent success on the mound while making the most of another opportunity in the rotation.
The right-hander, who replaces the struggling Ethan Martin , recently received his fourth call-up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season. Cloyd last appeared for Philadelphia on Aug. 24, when he walked five but gave up two hits over five shutout innings of relief in a 12-7, 18-inning loss to Arizona.
He was tagged for five runs over six innings in a 5-3 loss to Colorado in his last start Aug. 20 after posting a 1.45 ERA in his previous three, but those came in June.
The Phillies took two of three in San Diego from June 24-26.
|San Diego Padres|
|July 31, 2013||Carlos Quentin||15-Day DL||Right knee strain|
|July 23, 2013||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Sore right wrist|
|July 20, 2013||Jason Marquis||60-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
|July 12, 2013||Kyle Blanks||15-Day DL||Left Achilles tendinitis|
|July 12, 2013||Kyle Blanks||15-Day DL||Left Achilles tendinitis|
|July 07, 2013||Yasmani Grandal||60-Day DL||Right knee sprain|
|August 30, 2013||Domonic Brown||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right Achilles|
|August 28, 2013||Cody Asche||Day-to-Day||Strained left hamstring|
|August 26, 2013||Casper Wells||15-Day DL||Vision complications|
|August 17, 2013||Michael Young||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left ankle|
|August 15, 2013||John Lannan||60-Day DL||Left knee tendinitis|
|August 14, 2013||John Lannan||Day-to-Day||Knee|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Andrew Cashner enjoyed pitching with the lead for a change.
Jedd Gyorko and Chase Headley had three hits apiece to back Cashner's strong outing in the San Diego Padres ' 8-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.
"It was huge - they got me a run from the very get-go," Cashner said. "The guys swung the bat well tonight. The guys played solid defense behind me."
Cashner (9-8) earned his first victory since Aug. 2, throwing 7 2-3 masterful innings while limiting the Phillies to four hits and a walk. He matched a season high with seven strikeouts and retired his first 11 batters before giving up a double to Chase Utley .
"Really efficient early in the game, pounded the strike zone with the fastball and slider," Padres manager Bud Black said. "I thought it was an outstanding game by Cash, in control right from the start."
Cashner had allowed just one run in his previous two outings but did not get a decision in either one. He owns a 2.72 ERA since the All-Star break, with quality starts in eight of nine outings.
"I feel stronger than I was at the beginning of the year," Cashner said. "In the beginning of the year, I was coming off thumb surgery. I felt like I was just trying to stay healthy. But I felt like once the All-Star break hit, it was lay it all down on the line and let's go."
Gyorko, who entered in a 3-for-28 slide, scored three runs and drove in another. Headley added two RBIs for the Padres, who have won four straight and six of seven.
Philadelphia had won three in a row.
The Padres, who had 13 hits, struck early with Headley's RBI single in the first inning. They added three runs in the fourth on an RBI double by Ronny Cedeno and a two-run double by Rene Rivera .
In the fifth, San Diego scored four runs on six singles, including five in a row to open the inning. Six hits in one inning tied a season high.
Cedeno and Kyle Blanks finished with two hits apiece.
"I was leaving pitches up and made a lot of mistakes," Phillies starter Tyler Cloyd said. "My pitches were getting a lot of the plate. ... I got off the game plan and didn't throw enough off-speed pitches."
Cloyd (2-4) was not sharp in his first major league start in three weeks. The right-hander allowed seven runs and nine hits over four-plus innings. He struck out four and walked none.
Zach Miner , who relieved Cloyd in the fifth, let two inherited runners score and yielded three hits and a run overall. Ethan Martin pitched a perfect sixth in his first appearance as a reliever.
"I thought our plan was good against Cloyd," Black said. "I thought our guys kept the momentum going. Hitting is a little bit contagious, and I think that was the case tonight."
Cody Asche hit his fifth home run in the fifth inning for the Phillies' first run. The homer was Asche's third in six games.
In his big league debut, catcher Cameron Rupp legged out an infield single and struck out twice for Philadelphia.
"The plate umpire (Mark Wegner) came over and said that's the best visibility he's seen all year and the best framing of pitches," Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said of Rupp. "That's a big compliment and very unusual to hear."
NOTES: Before the game, the Padres selected the contract of infielder Tommy Medica from Double-A San Antonio. ... Phillies RHP Roy Halladay , originally scheduled to pitch Tuesday, will instead start Thursday after experiencing flulike symptoms last weekend. ... MLB's 2014 schedule was released on Tuesday. The Padres will host the Los Angeles Dodgers on opening day, while the Phillies will open the season at Texas. ... Padres closer Huston Street was selected NL player of the week Monday after earning four saves and a win. ... Cliff Lee (12-6, 3.01 ERA) pitches Wednesday for the Phillies against Eric Stults (8-13, 4.07).