LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Cashner allowed one run in seven innings, a solid performance that wasn't enough to get the San Diego Padres a win.
They lost 2-1 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night despite 10 hits, one fewer than they produced in a 9-2 defeat in the series opener.
"It was a battle on both sides," Cashner said. "If a couple of ground balls go a different way, it's a different game. But I just told myself, 'It's a playoff atmosphere here, and just keep making pitches. Don't get out of your game.'"
Nick Vincent (3-2) took the loss, allowing two hits on nine pitches in the eighth after relieving Cashner.
Cashner appreciated manager Bud Black letting him finish the seventh in front of a sellout crowd of 53,121.
"It was the biggest part of the game, and it was awesome that he showed all the confidence in me to keep going," he said.
Cashner threw 119 pitches.
"I still thought he had a lot of bullets left," Black said. "We've talked about Cash's development and where he is as a pitcher, and I think that was a learning point for Cash — tough game, on the road, good team, the crowd, the whole thing. I'm not sure Cash has been in that situation before."
Ronny Cedeno hit his first homer for San Diego with two outs in the fourth.
Cashner gave up 10 hits while striking out seven and walking three. The Padres have lost seven of nine.
"We're bunching the hits together, but we just haven't been able to drive the guys in with guys in scoring position," Jedd Gyorko said. "Hopefully the tide will turn pretty soon. We have good hitters in the lineup who can drive in runs. We've just got to come through."
Adrian Gonzalez hit a tying single in the seventh inning and pinch-hitter Mark Ellis singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth for the Dodgers, who announced as the game ended that they had acquired third baseman Michael Young from the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league lefty Rob Rasmussen.
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