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Cashner solid in Padres' 4-2 win over Rockies

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 17, 2014 at 1:36 am •  Published: April 17, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Andrew Cashner appears ready for the national spotlight.

With a few more performances like the ones he's turned in this season, Cashner's name will be well-known throughout baseball.

Cashner gutted his way into the eighth inning and Chris Denorfia drove in two runs in the San Diego Padres' 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

Cashner (2-1) wasn't nearly as sharp as he was in his previous start when he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against Detroit on Friday before settling for a one-hitter with a career-best 11 strikeouts. But the righty was resourceful as he consistently pitched his way out of trouble. He held the Rockies hitless in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position.

"When it gets into a tough spot and the manager sticks with you, it was a big confidence (boost) for me to let me go out there in the eighth," said Cashner, who lowered his ERA to 1.27.

"There's no doubt that he's going to be talked about as he moves forward," San Diego manager Bud Black said.

Cashner gave up nine hits overall and allowed two runs — one earned — with five strikeouts in 7 1-3 innings. It was the 10th consecutive start in which Cashner has allowed two runs or less.

In the 10-game stretch, Cashner has an ERA of 0.99 and is holding opposing batters to a .175 average.

"When Cashner is on the mound, you know he's only going to give up a couple of runs at the most and he is going to keep it there," said rookie Tommy Medica, who tied the game with a solo homer in the second. "If you give him a couple more, he's going to keep the lead."

Cashner's most impressive pitching came in the sixth inning, while holding a 3-1 lead. With one out, the Rockies loaded the bases on three straight singles. But Cashner got Jordan Pacheco to bounce into an inning-ending double play.

"He's a competitor, man, and he is not afraid to come at you," Colorado's Nolan Arenado said. "He is always competing. His fastball moves a lot and it moves late. It looks good and it runs in on you and you get jammed."

Huston Street pitched the ninth for his fifth save as the Padres won for the fifth time in seven games.

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