Cashner throws 4 scoreless innings, Padres beat Rangers

By MIKE CRANSTON
Associated Press

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Andrew Cashner pitched four scoreless innings a day after returning from a trip to visit his ailing mother, helping the San Diego Padres to a 2-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday.

Cashner's mother, Jane, has leukemia and other complications and recently had a leg amputated. Cashner traveled to Houston on Wednesday when he condition worsened and returned in time for his best outing of the spring.

The right-hander gave up two hits and no walks while throwing 45 pitches. He allowed a one-out double to Elvis Andrus in the fourth, but stranded him at third.

Rotation candidate Anthony Bass threw 3 1-3 scoreless innings for Texas.

Ramiro Pena's RBI groundout off Juan Carlos Oviedo in the eighth ended a streak of 23 consecutive scoreless innings by Rangers' pitching.

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