Andrew Cashner strong for 6 innings but Marlins blanked by red-hot Royals
MIAMI (AP) -- Andrew Cashner's best start since joining the Miami Marlins wasn't good enough.
Cashner allowed only one run in six innings Tuesday night, but the Marlins went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position and lost to the Kansas City Royals 1-0.
The Royals extended their winning streak to nine games.
Cashner (4-10) took a shutout into the sixth, and he didn't feel too bad about falling to 0-3 since being acquired in a trade July 30.
"I moved the fastball well on both sides of the plate, the slider was great, and I threw some changeups in the bottom of the zone," he said.
"He had a really good slider," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "You had a sense early on that it was going to be a tight, low-scoring game."
Kansas City scored the lone run in the sixth. Paulo Orlando led off with a single, stole second and came home when Lorenzo Cain singled up the middle on a 3-0 fastball.
"I got a groundball, it just wasn't at somebody," Cashner said.
The right-hander pitched with a blood blister under a nail on his pitching hand.
"Tonight was worse than it has been, but I found a way to get it done," he said.
The Marlins had won three straight but were shut out despite totaling seven hits.
"It was one of those games tonight where you didn't feel it was going to take too much," Miami manager Don Mattingly said. "Our guy was throwing the ball good, their guy was throwing it good. We just couldn't really break through."
Yordano Ventura (9-9), who reached 101 mph on the scoreboard radar gun, allowed six hits and one walk while striking out six. Royals starters have an ERA of 1.69 during the winning streak, Kansas City's longest since June 2014.
Three relievers closed out the win and extended the bullpen's streak of 32 consecutive shutout innings since Aug. 10. That broke the franchise record of 29 2/3 consecutive innings set in 1969.
Kelvin Herrera pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save.
Miami loaded the bases with two outs in the third, but Marcell Ozuna flied out to end the inning. Ventura pitched around a leadoff double by Ozuna in the sixth.
The Royals won with six hits. The Marlins played their 15th consecutive game decided by three runs or less, a club record. They are 7-8 during the stretch.
Ozuna left the game in the eighth inning because of a family emergency. Mattingly said he didn't know whether Ozuna would be available Wednesday.
The Royals played in Miami for the first time since 2008, and it was Eric Hosmer's first game in his hometown. He went 0 for 3 with a walk.
Cain was caught stealing in the sixth when the initial call of safe was overturned by replay.
RHP Jose Fernandez (12-7, 3.05) is scheduled to start Wednesday for Miami against RHP Dillon Gee (5-6, 4.52). In his past four starts, Fernandez is 0-3 with an ERA of 6.00.