MLB Wrap: Cashner nearly throws perfect game

MLB Wrap: Cashner nearly throws perfect game
September 17, 2013, 12:15 am
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Andrew Cashner threw a one-hitter after taking a perfect game into the seventh inning of the Padres' win over the Pirates. (AP)

PITTSBURGH -- Andrew Cashner carried a perfect game into the seventh inning and faced the minimum 27 batters in a one-hitter that sent the San Diego Padres past the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Monday night.

Cashner (10-8) retired his first 18 batters before Jose Tabata grounded a clean single into right field leading off the seventh. Tabata was erased when Andrew McCutchen grounded into an inning-ending double play, and the right-hander cruised the rest of the way for his first complete game in 31 career starts.

Cashner struck out seven, did not walk a batter and threw 97 pitches. He also scored from second on a single, sliding home with the second run of the game, moments before giving up Tabata's hit (see full recap).

Porcello strong in Tigers' win
DETROIT -- Rick Porcello struck out 10 in six impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Monday night to move a step closer to their third straight AL Central title.

Victor Martinez broke a 1-all tie in the sixth with a run-scoring single, and Omar Infante followed with his own RBI single.

Porcello (13-8) allowed a run and five hits with two walks, falling one strikeout short of his career high. Drew Smyly got five outs in relief and Jose Veras finished the eighth (see full recap).

Helton retires after 17 seasons
DENVER -- Todd Helton has more homers than Hank Greenberg, more RBIs than Johnny Mize, a higher career batting average than Eddie Murray and has scored more runs than Willie McCovey.

All those first basemen are in the Hall of Fame.

Helton will find out in five years if he's done enough over his 17-year career with the Colorado Rockies to merit consideration.

The 40-year-old Helton, who announced his retirement over the weekend, holds virtually every offensive record for the Rockies, the only club he's ever known. But he remains on the bubble for the Hall of Fame, mainly because he spent his career playing half his games in the friendly confines of Coors Field (see full story).