Ross stifles D-Backs, Arizona fails again to reach .500
PHOENIX (AP) — Maybe one of these days the Arizona Diamondbacks will raise their record to .500. Goodness knows they’ve had their chances.
Saturday night marked the ninth opportunity for the Diamondbacks to even their record since they were 8-8 on April 24. And for the ninth time, Arizona failed. Tyson Ross threw a four-hitter, his third career complete game, and the San Diego Padres beat the Diamondbacks 8-1 on Saturday night.
Robbie Ray (2-2), who had a 1.09 ERA in his first four starts, took the loss.
“He pitched fine,” Arizona manager Chip Hale said. “His ball had good life. He had some swings and misses and just gave up the one home run to Norris and the other basehit to score a run. He got in some trouble late, but I thought he threw the ball very well.”
Robbie Ray allowed four runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings for Arizona. He struck out a career-high seven and walked two.
Clint Barmes went 3-for-4 with two doubles, driving in two runs and scoring twice.
Derek Norris and Melvin Upton Jr. homered for the Padres. Upton’s was his first of the season, a two-run shot off Addison Reed in the Padres’ four-run ninth inning.
“I was throwing the ball well. I just made a few mistakes and they took advantage of it,” Ray said. “Overall, I thought I threw the ball pretty well but just wasn’t able to finish that inning out. ”
Ross (4-7), who matched his season high with nine strikeouts and walked one, had two complete games for San Diego last year. He also drove in a run with his first career triple, then scored on Upton’s homer in the ninth.
He had lost three of his previous four starts and walked five in his last outing.
“We made a mechanical adjustment in between starts and it carried well over into the game,” Ross said, “and allowed me to execute a lot more pitches and really just get ahead of guys and put them away.”
Interim manager Pat Murphy said it’s well established what the 6-foot-6 right-hander can do.
“We’ve seen it in the past,” Murphy said. “He’s capable of that. Nobody in the league wants to face him. I mean, you don’t want to face him. He’s filthy.”
Arizona’s Jake Lamb said Ross’ slider “is one of the better ones in the game. He was on tonight and nobody was seeing it too well.”
With the Padres up 2-0, Kemp singled with one out in the sixth, then scored on Barmes’ two-out double down the left-field line. The Diamondbacks had a good chance to get Kemp at the plate, but shortstop Cliff Pennington’s relay throw sailed over the head of catcher Welington Castillo. Barmes took third on the errant throw and Alexi Amarista walked, ending Ray’s night.
“I think it was just a lack of concentration,” Ray said of his sixth-inning problems. “I gave up that hit and I was mad at myself and couldn’t get over it.”
David Hernandez, in his fifth appearance since returning from Tommy John surgery, relieved Ray and his wild pitch allowed Barmes to score and the Padres led 4-0.
Padres: LHP Cory Luebke, coming back from Tommy John surgery, made his third rehab appearance Friday night, allowing a run and a hit in one inning for Class A Elsinore. It was the first hit run he had given up in the three outings.
Diamondbacks: LHP Patrick Corbin, coming off Tommy John surgery, went 5 1/3 innings for Class Double-A Mobile at Pensacola on Saturday night, his third rehab start. He allowed two runs on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts. ... 3B-OF Yasmany Tomas was out of the lineup after being hit in the elbow with a pitch Friday night. The MRI showed it was only a bruise and Tomas pinch hit late in the game.