LOS ANGELES (AP) — Back-to-back 1-0 losses to the Los Angeles Dodgers have sent the San Diego Padres reeling into the All-Star break 13 games below .500 and 12 games out in the NL West.
Padres manager Bud Black is confident the offense will get rolling next month when they get shortstop Everth Cabrera, second baseman Jedd Gyorko and first baseman Yonder Alonso back from the disabled list. But the club's latest shutout loss overshadowed another strong outing by first-time All-Star Tyson Ross.
Ross (7-10) gave up six hits in seven innings, striking out nine and walking one. The 27-year-old right-hander gave up his only run in the sixth on a one-out RBI single by Yasiel Puig after striking him out his first two times up.
"I felt good. I felt a little tired in the sixth, made a couple of mistakes, and they capitalized on them," Ross said. "I'm continuing to learn and develop, and next time around I won't make those mistakes."
Padres starters have a 1.71 ERA over the last 16 games, and have allowed three runs or fewer in every game during that stretch — tying a franchise record set in 2007.
"Up to now, the highlight has been our pitching," Black said. "We've really seen some guys make strides. The engine of your team is the pitching staff, and those guys have held up their end of the bargain."
Ryu (10-5) gave up two hits in six innings without a walk and had a season-high 10 strikeouts. The left-hander retired his first 11 batters and allowed only one hit through the first five innings, a two-out single in the fourth by Carlos Quentin. The Padres' only other hit against him was a leadoff single by Alexi Amarista in the sixth.
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