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SD@LAD: Cashner strikes out seven over seven innings

Though their longtime manager, Charlie Manuel, is gone and their playoff hopes have been all but extinguished, the Phillies are not giving up just yet.

Philadelphia is coming off a three-game sweep of the National League East-leading Braves and will play nine of its next 12 games at Citizen's Bank Park, beginning with Tuesday's series opener against the Padres. The Phillies won each of their three games against Atlanta by one run.

"I think it means a lot," Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said on Saturday. "There are games to be played. And there are games to be won. But I think the quality of baseball and the improved baseball against a team like the Braves shows the resilience in the guys."

Tyler Cloyd will rejoin the Phillies' rotation in place of young right-hander Ethan Martin, who was 2-4 with a 6.90 ERA in seven starts and will finish the season in the bullpen. Cloyd has not started a game for the Phillies since Aug. 20, when he allowed five runs over six innings and was shouldered with the loss.

Andrew Cashner will start for the Padres, who will open their last road trip of the season after Monday's off-day, a 10-game swing through Philadelphia, Atlanta and Pittsburgh, coming off a three-game sweep of the Rockies.

Cashner allowed one run on 10 hits over seven innings in his last start against the Dodgers on Aug. 31. He will start Tuesday on nine days' rest, as the team is trying to curtail his innings.

After only throwing 69 2/3 innings last season, Cashner's most recent performance bumped him to 151 1/3 innings this season. He threw 119 pitches in his last start and didn't factor in the decision.

"I haven't thrown that many pitches before, and for [manager Bud Black] to show the confidence in me to let me do that ... that was great," Cashner said after the game. "It's been a huge year for me."

Cashner has a 2.77 ERA in eight starts since the All-Star break. In his past five road starts, he is 2-2 with a 3.77 ERA.

Padres: Rare feat for outfielders
• In the midst of their 2-1 win over the Rockies on Saturday, the Padres also witnessed a bit of history. All three of their starting outfielders -- left fielder Chris Denorfia, center fielder Alexi Amarista and right fielder Will Venable -- recorded an assist.

San Diego had not achieved such a feat since June 9, 1986, when Tony Gwynn, Kevin McReynolds and Carmelo Martinez each had an assist in one game.

"Three outfield assists from three different guys, it's pretty much unprecedented in baseball," first-base coach Dave Roberts, who works with the outfielders, said. "It's not always about the strongest arm. Our guys do a great job of getting to the ball, getting rid of it and trying to be accurate. I tip my hat to all three of those guys."

• On Sunday, Padres closer Huston Street improved to 14-for-14 in save opportunities over his last 22 appearances.

Phillies: Ruiz showing value
With his contract set to expire after the season, catcher Carlos Ruiz is giving the Phillies a reason to keep him around.

In his past 30 games, Ruiz is hitting .330 with nine doubles, four home runs, 16 RBIs and a .920 OPS. Ruiz said Saturday that he is willing to discuss his contract situation with the Phillies either before or after the end of the season. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last week that it is possible, but not likely, that talks could begin later this month.

"I think we'll probably wait until the end of the year," Amaro said. "He's playing much better. I think there are times he's still pressing, but for the most part he's playing a lot more like 'Chooch.' We'll see."

Worth noting
• Jonathan Papelbon allowed a game-tying homer in the ninth inning Saturday night, but still picked up the win when Freddy Galvis hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the inning. Papelbon has been credited with a blown save and a win in the same game three times this season, the most in the Major Leagues.

• Nick Hundley on Sunday became the sixth Padre to reach the 40-RBI mark this season, making the Padres tied for fourth-most 40-RBI players in the National League. Comments