ICYMI: Padres lose on late long ball after comeback

ICYMI: Padres lose on late long ball after comeback

Andrew Cashner did a phenomenal job Friday, throwing six innings of one-run ball after surrendering just one walk and striking out three Dodgers batters. The one run Cashner gave up was actually unearned, making his start all the more impressive.

Despite Cashner's 109-pitch performance and a late comeback put together by Derek Norris and Will Venable, the Padres fell to the Dodgers after a late home run provided Los Angeles with all the offense they needed.

Cashner, whose record remains at 1-7 with an ERA lowered to 2.89, has now received only two runs of support in his last six starts. The Padres scored their only run of the game on Venable's seventh-inning RBI single.

Unfortunately, reliever Joaquin Benoit left a ball over the middle of the plate in the bottom half of the eighth, thus allowing Joc Pederson to hit a solo home run and give the Dodgers the opening game of a three-game set at Chavez Ravine.

The Padres will take the field again tomorrow and try to even the series with Ian Kennedy on the hill. In case you missed it, here are some stories and highlights that may have passed you by on Friday:

Padres post-game recap: Padres' bats cold behind Cashner once again

Kemp leaves it all on the field to end the third inning: 

Kemp's diving catch

Venable vies for a tie after knocking in Norris in the seventh:

Venable knocks in Norris

Solarte shows he's got "hops" at first base late in the game: 

Solarte's leaping catch

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