Just when it appeared Padres starter Andrew Cashner would be the hard luck loser the Friars staged an improbable ninth inning comeback to clip the Orioles 3-2 at Camden Yards.
Cashner was cruising into the eighth inning, but a one out walk led to Baltimore's go ahead run and eventually his ouster. Still, Cashner's line was a respectable 7-plus innings, five hits, three strikeouts and just one earned run.
The Padres were 0-18 this season when trailing after eight innings. Not anymore. Orioles closer Jim Johnson, who had converted his last 35-save attempts, gave up a lead-off single to Yonder Alonzo. Mark Kotsay then singled, moving Alonzo to second. Johnson got Jedd Gyorko to ground into a double play, sending Alonzo to third. Chris Denorfia singled to center, tying the game. After Nick Hundley got hit by a pitch Evreth Cabrera singled home Denorfia for the go ahead run. Oddly enough, Cabrera's hit was the 60,000th in Padres history.
Huston Street pitched the bottom of the ninth for the save, his 9th of the season. The Padres 3-2 win was the first victory of this road trip. The two teams finish off the short series Wednesday morning (9:35 a.m. PDT).
Notes: The Padres Carlos Quentin (University of San Diego High School) homered in the second inning and nearly had another, but his sixth inning blast was caught by a leaping Adam Jones (Morse High School) at the center field wall.