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Padres look to Andrew Cashner to lock up series against Diamondbacks

Friars will try to lock up the series tonight in the third of four games against the Dbacks at Petco Park.

Denis Poroy

Andrew Cashner takes the hill tonight to try to help lead our Padres to a series-clinching win. Since his return from the DL last month, Cashner has had a couple of decent starts, including one against these Diamondbacks. He kept them to two runs through five innings of work, through he didn't factor into the decision as the Padres went on to lose 5-2. His last time out, he kept the Dodgers to one run on six hits in six innings, striking out eight batters along the way. San Diego went on to win that one, but Cashner once again didn't get the decision. Tonight he looks to not only get his first decision since June, but he's also seeking his first win since mid-April, a feat that would not only be a personal milestone for the right-hander, but an accomplishment that would take the team to just four games under .500.

And it would also secure a losing season for the Diamondbacks. But Josh Collmenter will try to stave off that defeat for at least one more game as he toes the rubber for Arizona. The righty has put together back-to-back brilliant starts for his team, going 1-0 with two runs (one earned) on six hits through 14 2/3 total innings, racking up 13 strikeouts in the process. The first of those two starts was against the Friars at Chase Field. He kept our boys to one run while through 8 1/3 dominant frames. But the Diamondbacks are riding an eight-game losing streak on the road, which the Padres hope to extend tonight.

First pitch is set for 7:05 PT tonight.