SAN DIEGO -- Andrew Cashner took another step in his development.
Cashner (5-3) pitched a career-high eight innings and outdueled Tim Hudson in the San Diego Padres' 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves, allowing two runs on six hits, striking out five and walking one Tuesday night.
"It was a good game from Cash; he keeps growing," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Every start he makes is a learning experience for him. I can't be more happy with his progress."
It marked the seventh straight time Cashner has pitched six-plus innings. At one point, he retired 10 straight batters after giving up one run and three hits in the first inning.
"The biggest thing is learning on my changeup on when to throw it, when not to throw it," he said. "I think that is a pitch that has come back to get me when I could have used my four-seamer. I think every time I go out there, I'm learning. I thought my breaking ball was a lot better tonight. I thought that was the biggest key tonight, being able to throw three pitches."
"Going eight innings saved a few guys from warming up in the pen," Black said. "It was much needed, but more impressive was matching Hudson in a great game against a very good lineup."
Hudson (4-6) pitched 7 1/3 innings for the Braves, allowing three runs on five hits. He struck out seven and walked one. He is 0-5 in his past seven starts, the second-longest winless streak in his career. It was also his first loss to the Padres after going 6-0 in 13 previous appearances.
The Padres have won five of seven, while the Braves have lost four of six.
Chase Headley tied the game in the bottom of the first with his sixth homer of the season, a two-out blast over the right-field wall off Hudson. It was his first extra-base hit and first homer since May 29, a span of 51 at-bats.
"It's been tough; it's not a stretch that I will fondly remember at the end of my career," Headley said. "But you just try to keep it in perspective, and it definitely feels just really good when you get one. It was a hanging split. He's a type of pitcher not going to give you a lot to hit, and I had to cycle through some pitches battles and fouled some off before I got one to hit."
"That was huge, Chase hitting a home run in the first," Cashner said. "He's a great pitcher, Hudson. (You are) not going to get a lot of runs facing a guy with a great sinker. It's the best I've seen."
Joe Thatcher came on in the ninth for the Padres and struck out Freeman and Brian McCann to start the inning before Luke Gregerson came on and struck out Dan Uggla to pick up his third save in five opportunities.
"Cashner throws 95, 96 (mph) and has a changeup that he can throw whenever he wants," Freeman said. "We got him there on the ropes in the sixth, but I grounded into (a) double play and killed a rally. You have to take advantage of that, and I didn't do it."
The Padres placed OF Cameron Maybin on the 15-day disabled list. Maybin had an MRI on Tuesday that revealed a posterior cruciate ligament tear in his right knee, which he injured Sunday in Colorado. He is expected to be out six to 10 weeks. ... Padres closer Huston Street, who has been on the DL since May 30 with a strained left calf, will pitch at Single-A Lake Elsinore on Wednesday. Padres manager Bud Black said Street would pitch an inning and around 15 pitches. ... Braves third baseman Ramiro Pena, who missed Monday's game with a sore shoulder, was back in the starting lineup Tuesday. ... Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was still marveling at catcher Evan Gattis' pinch-hit home run Monday. He noted that in a TV replay they said "the ball was hit so hard that the resin of the ball puffed up." Gonzalez said Gattis would be in the starting lineup Wednesday, a day game after a night game. ... Braves RHP Paul Maholm (7-4, 3.46 ERA) will oppose Padres RHP Edinson Volquez (4-5, 6.33) in the final game of the series.