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SD@MIL: Cashner goes six, fans six, gets sixth win

The D-backs continue to jockey with the Dodgers for position atop the National League West.

Performances such as the one submitted Friday evening by Randall Delgado -- who tossed a three-hit shutout -- and the offense -- which pounded out 10 runs on 17 hits -- certainly help Arizona's cause.

Offense might be tougher to come by on Saturday when the D-backs and Padres reconvene at Chase Field.

San Diego right-hander Andrew Cashner (6-5, 3.84 ERA) is slated to take the hill. He has twirled six quality starts in his last eight outings and has not allowed a home run since June 6. The eight-game stretch is tied for the second-longest such streak by a Padres pitcher since 2000.

On Monday, Cashner survived a 35-pitch first inning and lasted six frames against the Brewers. He allowed only three runs on three hits and flashed an impressive slider that helped him notch six strikeouts.

"I thought Cash, after a high-pitch-count first, was the key to the game," said Padres manager Bud Black. "The game could have gotten squirrely there.

"[The slider is] a pitch he's been working on. I think he got four strikeouts on sliders. To bring that into his arsenal will help him in the second half."

Tyler Skaggs (2-2, 4.11 ERA) will toe the rubber for Arizona, which could soon have a surplus of arms in its rotation. Brandon McCarthy and Trevor Cahill are inching closer to returning to the big league club, which could make Skaggs an odd man out.

Skaggs is 1-1 with a 2.95 ERA in three starts during his current stint with the D-backs. He blanked the Rockies on three hits over eight innings on July 5. In his most recent outing on Monday, he limited the Cubs to three runs across six frames, but took the loss.

"I left a few up in the zone," Skaggs said. "A few pitches weren't where I wanted them to be, and they got hit out of the yard."

Padres: Forsythe staying positive
Logan Forsythe's batting average dropped to .221 after he went 0-for-1 on Friday. Still, he remains confident and optimistic.

"You've got to look at the positives," Forsythe said. "I'm taking good swings in the game, and I am still having good at-bats."

Forsythe is hitting .103 (4-for-39) during the month of July with three singles and a double and no RBIs. His entered the month sporting a .284 batting average.

D-backs: Hill exits early
Aaron Hill departed Friday's game with right hamstring tightness, and manager Kirk Gibson said he'll likely sit the second baseman until Sunday.

Hill logged a pair of RBI doubles, but left the game after the second inning.

• Catcher Miguel Montero, battling a sore back, is expected to return to the lineup on Saturday.

"I think everyone feels much more confident with where he's at and he feels much more comfortable with himself," said Gibson.

Worth noting
• Seven D-backs logged multiple hits in Friday's win.

• The Padres have gone 8-8 in Cashner's 16 starts this season.

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