Padres' Ross strikes out 10 in 2-1 loss to Dodgers
Tyson Ross is using the final month of the season to show the San Diego Padres what he can do.
The right-hander struck out a career-high 10 in five innings of a 2-1 loss to Los Angeles on Sunday that gave the Dodgers their first sweep of the Padres this season.
San Diego was limited to its fewest hits in the three-game series after getting 11 on Friday and 10 on Saturday. The Padres lost for the sixth time in eight games.
Ross allowed one run and five hits while walking one in the no-decision. He is 3-2 on the road with a 2.24 ERA in eight starts.
''This season has been big for me,'' he said. ''I feel like I've taken some big strides and figured some things out on the mound. I'm just trying to learn every time out, take something away from every outing and improve in the next one and carry it into next season.''
Ross is in his second stint with the Padres after being recalled from Triple-A Tucson on July 23. The 26-year-old pitcher joined the team last November in a four-play trade from Oakland.
Padres manager Bud Black would like to see Ross improve his changeup during the winter.
''That's where the challenge is for Tyson,'' he said. ''You saw Greinke in the middle part of the game start going to a slow curveball. When you're throwing the ball 90 miles an hour and then throw something in the low-70s, that's quite a discrepancy. Not that Tyson needs to get there, but if Tyson can continue to work on his change and get that velocity spread, which we like to see, then he'll be off and running.''
San Diego had the potential tying run on third in the eighth after Reymond Fuentes singled, went to second on a wild pitch by Ronald Belisario and advanced to third on a groundout.
Paco Rodriguez came in and struck out Will Venable before pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia grounded back to the mound. The ball bounced off the pitcher's glove before Rodriguez chased it down and threw out Denorfia to end the inning.
The Dodgers tied the score at 1 in the third on Mark Ellis' RBI single with two outs that scored Carl Crawford, who doubled.
San Diego went ahead in the top of the third on Alexi Amarista's two-out RBI single that scored Fuentes, who walked, got sacrificed to second and stole third.
Fuentes singled in the eighth for his first major league hit. He also had his first walk and stolen base.
Zack Greinke allowed one run over seven innings and Yasiel Puig homered in the sixth for the Dodgers, who won their fourth in row.
The NL West leaders earned their 10th sweep of the season. They extended their roll from August, when the Dodgers went 23-6 for their most wins in a month since moving to Los Angeles in 1958.
Greinke (14-3) won his sixth straight start for the first time since winning nine in a row over the 2008-09 seasons. The right-hander gave up two hits, struck out seven and walked two. Greinke, who came in batting .340, also singled with two outs in the fifth.
Puig hit his 14th homer into the left-field pavilion on the first pitch he saw from Dale Thayer (2-5) with one out in the sixth, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.
Kenley Jansen retired the side in the ninth, including two strikeouts, for his 24th save in 27 chances.
NOTES: The Padres recalled C Chris Robinson and LHP Tommy Layne from Triple-A Tucson. ... In his last 16 games, Amarista is batting .333 with two doubles, a triple and four RBIs.