- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Ryan Vogelsong feared his career might be over when he took a fastball to the face from the Rockies’ Jordan Lyles on May 23 and sustained facial fractures that necessitated surgery and a three-night hospital stay.

However, the 39-year-old right-hander has looked sharp in his first two starts since coming off the disabled list. He took a tough-luck loss Wednesday night when the San Diego Padres beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0.

Vogelsong (1-2) gave up two unearned run and three hits in six innings while striking out five and walking one. He returned last Thursday and allowed one run in six innings against the Braves but did not factor in the decision in a game the Pirates lost.

“He pitched very well again and gave us a chance to win the game,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “He was very impressive.”

Prior to being injured, Vogelsong had a 3.74 ERA in 12 games, including two starts.

“If there’s a blessing in disguise of getting hit, it’s the fact that I got to deal with (Pirates pitching coach) Ray Searage every day for two months,” Vogelsong said. “I just got to start from ground zero when we were playing catch on the rehab process and just really starting over and trying to get rid of some of the bad habits that I had gotten into.”

Edwin Jackson pitched two-hit ball over seven innings for San Diego, and Travis Jankowski capped the scoring with a straight steal of home.

Jackson (3-2) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Jordy Mercer’s leadoff single. The 14-year veteran struck out seven and walked three while raising his career record against the Pirates to 10-3.

“The Pirates are a tough team to pitch against because they have guys who are threats all the way up and down the lineup,” Jackson said. “I was able to mix my pitches up and locate them.”

Since being called up July 17 from Triple-A El Paso, Jackson has recorded quality starts in four of five outings. The Miami Marlins released him June 2.

Jankowski’s steal came with two outs in the eighth. The rookie center fielder took off during catcher Eric Fryer’s return throw to pitcher Antonio Bastardo and scored standing up when Fryer could not handle Bastardo’s low throw to the plate.

It was the fourth time the Padres had a straight steal of home this season, and the second by Jankowski.

“We know they like to run but we talked more just about the running game with guys on first and second, we never worked for a play at the plate,” Bastardo said. “That caught me by surprise.”

Jankowski was 2 for 4 with a double and the only player on either side with multiple hits.

Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer completed the two-hitter with one perfect inning each.

The Padres capitalized on a throwing error by Vogelsong and a fielding error by third baseman Jung Ho Kang to score twice in the second inning.

Ryan Schimpf doubled and scored on Alexei Ramirez’s single in the seventh to make it 3-0.

The Pirates remained 2 1/2 games behind the Miami Marlins for the second NL wild card.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli left the game in the fifth inning with left wrist discomfort. … 1B John Jaso sat after sustaining a bruised left eye in a home plate collision Tuesday night, though he passed MLB’s concussion protocol. … C Chris Stewart (left knee discomfort) will begin a rehab assignment Friday at Double-A Altoona. He’s been on the disabled list since July 2. … RHP Tyler Glasnow (right shoulder soreness) is scheduled to pitch four innings Sunday in his first rehab start with Altoona and be on a 70-pitch limit after being out since July 24.

UP NEXT

Padres: LHP Christian Friedrich (4-7, 4.76 ERA) will start Thursday in the finale of the three-game series and look to end his five-game losing streak that covers seven starts since June 23.

Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (2-2, 3.39) has pitched six innings in each of his last five starts and allowed three runs or less in each.

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