Cashner throws 1-hitter as Padres beat Pirates
PITTSBURGH — Andrew Cashner carried a perfect game into the seventh inning and faced the minimum 27 batters in a one-hitter that sent the San Diego Padres past the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Monday night.
Cashner (10-8) retired his first 18 batters before Jose Tabata grounded a clean single into right field leading off the seventh. Tabata was erased when Andrew McCutchen grounded into an inning-ending double play, and the right-hander cruised the rest of the way for his first complete game in 31 career starts.
Cashner struck out seven and did not walk a batter.
The Pirates lost for the second time in eight games but remained tied for first place in the NL Central with the St. Louis Cardinals, who lost at Colorado.
ROCKIES 6, CARDINALS 2
DENVER — Todd Helton started his final homestand with a key single in the eighth inning that helped the Rockies beat the Cardinals.
Charlie Blackmon had three hits and drove in three runs for the Rockies, who prevented the Cardinals from taking over sole possession of first place in the NL Central. They remained tied with Pittsburgh.
Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams had two hits each for the Cardinals.
Helton was playing in front of Colorado fans for the first time since he announced his plans to retire at the end of the season, his 17th. He received a standing ovation when he came to the plate in the first, and Cardinals starter Lance Lynn stood behind the mound and waited as the crowd saluted Helton.
D-BACKS 2, DODGERS 1
PHOENIX — Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Trevor Cahill and three relievers made it stand up in Arizona’s win over Los Angeles.
Goldschmidt raised his NL-leading RBI total to 116 with his 33rd home run off Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (13-7). Goldschmidt has homered in each of his last two games after a drought of 83 at-bats.
With Los Angeles’ fourth loss in a row and the Diamondbacks’ third straight win, the Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the NL West remained four.
Ryu (13-7) went the distance for his second complete game, allowing only two hits in eight innings. He walked one, struck out four and retired 23 of the final 24 batters he faced.
Cahill (7-10) won his fourth straight decision, holding Los Angeles to one run and two hits over 5 2/3 innings.
PHILLIES 12, MARLINS 2
PHILADELPHIA — Cliff Lee had three hits, knocked in a career-high four runs and struck out a season-high 14 to lead the Phillies over the Marlins.
Lee (14-6) stroked a two-run, bases-loaded single to cap a six-run third inning and also hit his first career triple in the fifth. Chase Utley, who also drove in four runs, hit a long three-run homer in the third.
On the mound, Lee allowed two runs while scattering eight hits and walking none, at one point retiring 11 straight en route to winning his fourth consecutive decision. He is 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA in his last six starts and 5-1 with a 2.29 lifetime ERA against Miami.
Philadelphia has won six in a row over Miami.
In his first major league start, Sam Dyson (0-1) allowed seven runs.
BREWERS 6, CUBS 1
MILWAUKEE — Caleb Gindl had three hits, including a two-run homer, and Wily Peralta pitched six strong innings to lead the Brewers over the Cubs.
The Brewers’ fourth win in five games moved them 3½ games above Chicago at the bottom of the NL Central.
Peralta (10-15) gave up an unearned run and five hits. He struck out seven while walking two.
Edwin Jackson (8-16) lasted only four innings for the Cubs, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks. Jackson has the most losses of any pitcher in the NL. Peralta is second.