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Rookie pitcher Andrew Werner made the most of his major league debut as the Padres beat the Pirates 4-2 to complete the series sweep.

Thursday, Aug 23, 2012  |  Updated 8:27 AM PDT
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The Padres completed a sweep of the Pirates behindrookie Andrew Werner. A true Cinderella Story. Here's reaction after the game Wednesday night.

The Padres completed a sweep of the Pirates behindrookie Andrew Werner. A true Cinderella Story. Here's reaction after the game Wednesday night.

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This is probably not how Bud Black envisioned the 2012 season unfolding. When Werner took the mound, he became the 14th different starting pitcher for the Padres this season. No team in baseball has had more.

Werner performed well. He pitched into the seventh inning, allowing only two runs on just four hits.

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The Padres got all the runs they would need in the 1st inning. After walking the first three batters he faced, Pirates starter James McDonald (11-6) made a mistake pitch to Carlos Quentin. His bases loaded double made it 2-0.

Cabrera remained perfect on the base paths. He stole bases in the first and third innings to make it a perfect 24-for-24 this season. It was the speedy shortstop's 28th straight stolen base dating back to 2010, breaking a club record set by Jerry Mumphrey in 1980.

Another rookie pitcher shined for the Padres. Tommy Layne pitched a perfect ninth inning to record his first big league save.

The Padres certainly have the Pirates number. After beating Pittsburgh 4-2 to sweep the three game series at Petco Park, the Friars have beaten the Bucs in 18 of their last 20 games.

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