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SF@PIT: Cain holds Bucs scoreless over 6 2/3 innings

The Padres' decision to move Andrew Cashner into the starting rotation at the end of April has definitely paid dividends.

Continually making improvements through his 10 starts this season, Cashner has tossed six or more innings in each of his last seven starts, going 4-1 with a 3.17 ERA.

He'll try to keep up that pace Tuesday as the Padres take on the Giants at AT&T Park. Cashner played a huge role in Monday's game, laying down a perfect RBI bunt single in the 13th inning that helped the Padres win their seventh straight game.

The right-hander had his best start of the season last Tuesday against the Braves by commanding all three of his pitches. He worked a career-high eight innings and allowing just two runs on six hits for his fifth win of the season.

"Every time I got into trouble," Cashner said, "... I told myself to keep making pitches. I kind of toned it down after the first and got my changeup down in the zone. I think that was the biggest thing."

On the other side, Giants right-hander Matt Cain has been on his game since allowing a season-high seven runs and nine hits against the Cardinals on June 1.

He's surrendered just one run and six hits in 13 2/3 innings of work over his last two starts, both on the road. That stretch dropped his road ERA from 6.27 to 4.76.

On Thursday against the Pirates, the right-hander allowed just two hits in 6 2/3 innings for his fifth win of the season.

"I feel like I'm throwing the ball like I want," Cain said. "I'm just trying to eliminate the big inning."

Padres: Quentin, Cabrera in holding pattern
Few answers were given Monday as to the health of Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera and left fielder Carlos Quentin.

Cabrera has a mild left hamstring strain and Quentin missed his third game Monday with a sore left shoulder, an injury that happened on a swing Friday against the D-backs.

Both are still getting treatment and could be headed to the disabled list.

"I wish I could be a little more concrete with some answers," manager Bud Black said Monday. "They're still sore."

Giants: Draft pick Jones gets taste of Majors
Giants second-round Draft pick Ryder Jones was at AT&T Park for the first time Monday, chatting it up with Giants legend Willie McCovey and current outfielder Hunter Pence.

The Watauga (N.C.) High School product said he grew up a Giants fan because of his grandparents, who were Giants fans while living in Northern California.

Jones, who committed to Stanford before deciding to sign with the Giants, will transition from third base to shortstop when he begins his Minor League assignment.

"It's going to take some getting used to, for sure," Jones said. "I'm definitely going to take some extra ground balls."

Worth noting
• Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks is hitting .343 (24-for-70) with five doubles, five home runs and 23 RBIs with runners on base this season.

• Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Marco Scutaro could return to the lineup Tuesday and that Angel Pagan and Pablo Sandoval are both close to beginning rehab assignments, with a target for both to return when the team plays in Los Angeles next week. Comments