Padres 2, Pirates 0

John Perrotto, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

PITTSBURGH -- The Padres still hold the dubious honor of being the only major league franchise without a no-hitter, though Andrew Cashner flirted with one Monday night in a ballpark where San Diego has had great success.
Cashner's no-hit -- and perfect game -- bid ended in the seventh inning but the Padres blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 at PNC Park as the right-hander settled for a one-hitter while facing the minimum 27 batters.
It was Cashner's first career shutout of his four-year career and his first complete game in 31 lifetime starts.
Cashner (10-8) retired the first 18 batters before Jose Tabata grounded a single into right field to lead off the seventh. Tabata was erased when Andrew McCutchen grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Cashner struck out seven and did not walk a batter.
Kyle Blanks, Ronny Cedeno and Rene Rivera each had two hits for San Diego.
The Padres won for the ninth time in their last 13 games. They also have gone 17-3 in their last 20 games at PNC Park.
The Pirates lost for just the second time in eight games after entering the day tied for the first with the St. Louis Cardinals, who played at the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
A.J. Burnett (8-11) took a shutout into the seventh inning but wound up with the loss. He allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings with three walks and eight strikeouts.
The Pirates had won each of Burnett's previous five home starts.
San Diego broke through for two runs against Burnett in the seventh. Cedeno and Rivera opened the inning with single and were driven home on Max Venable's sacrifice fly and Jedd Gyorko's single.
The Padres left runners in scoring position in the fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth innings.
NOTES: RHP Huston Street, San Diego's closer, missed Monday's game in order to attend to a personal matter and is not expected to rejoin the team until Wednesday. ... Padres 1B Yonder Alonso (right hand) could take batting practice with his teammates sometime during the four-game series that concludes Thursday. ... The Pirates honored RHP Tyler Glasnow and OF Andrew Lambo as their minor league player and pitcher of the year. Glasnow was 9-3 with a 2.18 ERA in 24 starts for low Class A West Virginia and Lambo hit a combined .282 with 32 home runs and 99 RBIs in 120 games with Triple-A Indianapolis and Double-A Altoona. ... Pittsburgh LHP Jeff Locke (10-5, 3.14) starts Tuesday night against LHP Eric Stults (8-13, 4.03).

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