After three miserable games, the Padres halted their losing streak through the magical power of friendship. And also home runs. A trio of solo shots from Brett Wallace, Yonder Alonso, and Matt Kemp sank the Marlins tonight, while a masterful start from Andrew Cashner kept the Friars in the game all night. If this was Cash's last home start at Petco Park, he made it count. In seven innings, he gave up just one run on five hits and a walk.
As great as the end of the game was, the beginning was a little rough. Ichiro Suzuki led off the game with a hit and then stole second. Cashner struck out the next two batters, but Justin Bour lined a double into right field to score the sole Miami run of the night. The Padres threatened to come back in the second and third innings, but Dan Haren worked out of both jams. In the fourth inning, Wallace finally ended the 19-inning scoreless streak with his first homer of the year, a leadoff blast to right field. Haren's luck didn't get any better in the fifth, when Alonso and Kemp went back-to-back with two outs.
The fish threatened a comeback in the seventh inning when Cole Gillespie led off with a triple to center. Pat Murphy walked out to the mound, but for the first time in his stint as major league manager, it wasn't to pull his pitcher. Murph left Cashner in the game, and his faith was rewarded. The big Texan escaped the inning without a scratch, and a pair of hitless innings from Joaquin Benoit and Craig Kimbrel put the Padres back in the win column.
Ian Kennedy will try to turn this into a winning streak when he takes the mound tomorrow. First pitch is at 5:40 PM.
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