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Padres 4, Brewers 1: Ross Gets Run Support

Denis Poroy

Tyson Ross was the definition of a hard luck case in his last start, throwing a 4-hit, 2-run complete game while still taking a loss. Things went a little different tonight. Tyson wasn't nearly as dominating, but he still put up another in a very long streak of quality starts. In 6.1 innings, he allowed just a single run on 4 hits and 2 walks, while striking out a solid six-pack of Brewers. And this time, he had help, as the Padres bats hit Jimmy Nelson for 4 runs in 5 innings. Offensively, the star of the show was Abraham Almonte. He went 2 for 3 with two RBI (one of them on a home run) and a walk.

Almonte gave his starter an early lead by slugging one into the right field stands in the first inning. But Tyson isn't one to let others do the hard work for him. After breaking up Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter during his last start, Tyson hit a leadoff double. Abe came back up with one out, and wanted to get his pitcher back on the bench to rest, so he hit an RBI single. That was just the start of a nice little rally. Seth Smith hit a grounder to second, but a perfect takeout slide and a rushed throw caused shortstop Jean Segura to drop the ball, leaving everybody safe. Continuing the theme of hitting everything to the right side of the field, Yasmani Grandal hammered an RBI single over the head of Ryan Braun (who went 0-4 tonight; just throwing that out there for some schadenfreude). That brought Jedd Gyorko up with Smith sitting on third. It wasn't the most spectacular RBI ever, but a fielder's choice brought the run in.

Tyson's only real struggle came in the top of the fourth. All that baserunning probably tired him out. A leadoff double by Jonathan Lucroy got extra dangerous when Rymer Liriano's fielding error let him reach third. He almost escaped without allowing a run, striking out Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez back to back. But Scooter Gennett (who actually got his nickname from Muppet Babies) hit a ground rule double to score the Brewers' lone run.

Nick Vincent took over after Ross gave up a one-out walk in the seventh. He only needed to face one batter, getting Khris Davis to ground into a double play. Kevin Quackenbush struck out the side in the eighth, and Joaquin Benoit sat Milwaukee down in order to wrap up a lovely little win.

Odrisamer Despaigne will try to win the series when he takes the mound tomorrow night. First pitch is at the unusual time of 6:10 PM, so set an alarm.

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