Padres’ Ross struggles in return to Arizona

This trip to Arizona didn’t go so well for Tyson Ross.

The right-hander surrendered a pair of two-run innings that sent

the San Diego Padres to a 6-1 loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday

night.

Will Venable singled and scored in the first, but that was it

for San Diego, which managed just five hits.

Ross (3-7) was charged with six runs, four earned, and seven

hits in six-plus innings. He struck out six and walked two while

falling to 0-2 with a 4.19 ERA in his last three starts for the

Padres.

It was quite a different result from his last game at Chase

Field, when he pitched eight innings of three-hit ball in a 1-0

victory over All-Star Patrick Corbin and the Diamondbacks on July

28.

”In the last time, I was able to get the first guy out,” he

said. ”This time, I was pitching in jams. It is definitely a

different game when you get that first guy on base. You can hit and

run, they can steal. It’s things like that which kill you.”

Arizona right-hander Brandon McCarthy (3-8) allowed an unearned

run and five hits in seven innings. He struck out five and walked

none in his first victory since May 24 against San Diego.

”I felt I carried my weight and nice to see a positive

result,” said McCarthy, who had lost each of his last five starts.

”I never felt that strong this season and went back to watch video

from before I went on the disabled list last season. I saw some

mechanical issues, made a few adjustments, and satisfied with the

results.”

Paul Goldschmidt drove in two runs for Arizona, which finished

with eight hits. He leads the NL with 103 RBIs for the franchise’s

best total since Luis Gonzalez drove in 104 in 2003.

Despite taking the loss, manager Bud Black indicated Ross turned

in a creditable performance.

”I thought (Ross) threw the ball well,” Black said. ”I

thought his stuff was good, his mix of pitches, fastball, curve,

slider, was all there. They put the bat on the ball, hit some

grounders through some holes. But, overall, he threw well.”

After McCarthy left, Eury De La Rosa threw two perfect

innings.

Martin Prado had three RBIs for Arizona. He is batting .365 (38

for 104) with four homers and 27 RBIs in his last 23 games.

Prado saw a different Ross than the one from the July

shutout.

”Last time, he had a nasty breaking pitch and hard slider,” he

said. ”This time, he elevated his pitches and we took

advantage.”

Prado had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the fourth. With one

out and the bases loaded in the sixth, Prado’s grounder to third

was booted by Chase Headley, allowing two more runs to score.

NOTES: Former Arizona right-hander Ian Kennedy faces his former

teammates for the first time Tuesday night. In his four starts with

San Diego, Kennedy is 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA. After the game, Arizona

manager Kirk Gibson said rookie left-hander David Holmberg would

start for the Diamondbacks. … Padres’ Reymond Fuentes made his

major league debut, hit seventh, played center field and went 0 for

3 with a strikeout. … Attendance was 16,871, the smallest crowd

of the season in Chase Field.