Cashner sets Padres record with six K's to open game

Righty shatters an MLB mark too, extending streak of two or fewer earned runs at home to 21 starts

Cashner sets Padres record with six K's to open game

SAN DIEGO -- Andrew Cashner started Wednesday's game against the Astros at Petco Park with a bang.

Or maybe it was more of a whiff.

Cashner set a franchise record by striking out the first six hitters he faced. The previous record of four was held by several pitchers. Chad Gaudin was the last to do so on May 31, 2009.

Cashner struck out Jose Altuve, Marwin Gonzalez and Luis Valbuena in the first inning, and then got George Springer, Colby Rasmus and Chris Carter in the second inning. Five off the strikeouts came on sliders.

Jake Marisnick broke the streak with a double to start the third inning.

"I didn't realize it when it was going on," Cashner said about his streak. "But I thought I had a good fastball. This is a team that either hits home runs or strikes out. They're a good mistake-hitting team. They hit both of my mistakes today."

Cashner on his outing in loss

One of the mistakes Cashner made was allowing a two-run home run to Rasmus in the fourth inning.

"That was a dumb pitch," Cashner said.

Cashner finished with 10 strikeouts over seven innings, allowing three runs (two earned) in the Padres' 7-2 loss to the Astros.

Cashner goes seven innings

Cashner also made big league history, as he now has made 21 consecutive starts at home with two or fewer earned runs allowed. Orel Hershiser (Dodgers) and Jose Fernandez (Marlins) had 20-game streaks, and Fernandez's is still active.

Cashner's record is 1-4 but he lowered his ERA to 2.61. Manager Bud Black liked a lot of what he saw from his starting pitcher Wednesday.

"Good slider today ... he got a lot of punchouts on the slider. One walk, 10 strikeouts is pretty good for a starting pitcher," Black said. "Cash was mixing pitches today; fastball, slider, change. Got a number of strikeouts with the change today."

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.