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Padres fall to a season-high 7 games under .500 in 4-1 loss to Pirates

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SAN DIEGO - Two Padres pitchers achieved milestones Tuesday night. San Diego's anemic offence kept them from celebrating a win.

The Padres lost to the Pirates, 4-1, to run their losing streak to three. They also fell a season-high seven games under .500.

Starter Jesse Hahn (0-1) lasted 2 2-3 innings in his major league debut. He allowed four runs on six hits, including the homers by Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker, striking out five with two walks.

"A dream come true," Hahn said. "Obviously, I had some nerves the first time out there. I had a ton of adrenaline in my veins. I think about the third or fourth inning, it kind of wore off."

Reliever Jason Lane worked 3 1-3 perfect innings in his first major league game since Oct. 1, 2007, and first as a pitcher. Lane switched to pitching after 497 games as an outfielder.

Lane last saw action as an outfielder for the Padres in a game against the Rockies for a post-season berth.

"I was surprisingly a lot calmer that I thought I would be," Lane said. "I face 10 guys and got them out."

Lane is the first pitcher in Padres history to record 10 or more outs without allowing a baserunner in his first career appearance on the mound and first since Arizona's Max Scherzer retired 13 retired on April 28, 2008, against Houston.

"He flat out pitched out there and kept them in the game," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who was managing the Rockies when Lane last played in the majors.

Gerrit Cole (6-3) limited the Padres to one run and four hits while striking out six in 5 2-3 innings as the Pirates improved to 6-1 in his last seven starts. Pittsburgh won its third straight game and 10th in its last 14.

Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his ninth save.

Cole breezed through the first five innings with only two Padres getting in scoring position. But with two outs in the sixth inning, consecutive singles by Chase Headley, Seth Smith and Yonder Alonso ended Cole's night, with Alonso driving in Headley to pull the Padres to within 4-1.

Jared Hughes relieved Cole and got Jedd Gyorko on a grounder to second to end the rally.

Alvarez doubled the Pirates' lead to 4-0 in the fourth inning, hitting a fastball from Hahn over the right-field fence for a two-run homer. Alvarez's 11th home run on the year scored Russell Martin, after he opened the inning with a walk.

Hahn gave up two more hits, to Jordy Mercer — his sixth in seven at-bats — and Josh Harrison, before being lifted for Jason Lane.

Walker connected in the third inning for his 11th homer of the season, a two-run blast to left off Hahn's curveball.

NOTES: Padres RHP Andrew Cashner could start as soon as Saturday against the Nationals. Cashner will test his mending elbow in a Wednesday side session before getting the OK for Saturday. ... LHP Eric Stults was placed on bereavement leave after the death of his grandmother. He isn't expected to miss a start. ... OF Carlos Quentin was out of the lineup but is expected to start Wednesday; he struck out as a pinch hitter in the eighth. ... Pirates OF Starling Marte, hitless in his previous 17 at-bats, didn't start. He struck out as a pinch hitter in the seventh. ... RHP Stolmy Pimentel (sore right shoulder) will pitch three innings for Class A Bradenton on Friday. ... Padres RHP Ian Kennedy (4-6, 3.42) faces Pirates LHP Francisco Liriano (1-5, 4.62) in Wednesday's finale of the three-game series.

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