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Gyorko, Ross lead Padres to 3-1 win vs Cardinals

By BERNIE WILSON
AP Sports Writer
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SAN DIEGO (AP) Tyson Ross didn't look like an All-Star when he walked five batters in the first three innings, the same number he had walked in his previous five starts combined.

The lanky right-hander worked through his uncharacteristic wildness and pitched the San Diego Padres to a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

''Just find a groove. The defense was back there making plays. Just find a way to get outs,'' said Ross, a first-time All-Star this year.

Jedd Gyorko singled in Yangervis Solarte with the go-ahead run with two outs in the sixth inning, and Solarte later added an insurance home run.

Ross won his third straight start, holding St. Louis to one run and four hits in six innings. He struck out seven, including fanning the side in his last inning. It was the eighth time Ross (10-10) went six-plus innings and allowed two or fewer runs, the second-longest such streak in the majors.

And he did it Tuesday night after struggling with his fastball command.

''It was just one of those days where I didn't have it and I had to battle out there,'' he said.

''He's been so good over the last couple of months, especially this month,'' manager Bud Black said. ''He was just a little bit out of sync, especially with the fastball early, and the harder he tried to reel it in, the tougher it was. ... He did right the ship, but very uncharacteristic, the five walks, especially early in the game.''

Gyorko returned Monday from a 44-game stay on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis. His run-scoring single to left off Lance Lynn came just as it seemed the Padres would strand two runners.

After Solarte and Seth Smith walked, Will Venable popped a bunt to catcher A.J. Pierzynski - the Padres' second botched bunt in as many innings - and Yonder Alonso flied out to left.

Solarte, obtained from the New York Yankees in the Chase Headley trade, homered into the short porch in right with two outs in the seventh. It was his second with the Padres and eighth overall.

Joaquin Benoit pitched the ninth for his third save in as many opportunities and second since Huston Street was traded to the Angels on July 18.

Lynn (11-8) allowed two runs, one earned, and four hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked three.

''You hate to lose a game that way when you are throwing the ball well and thinking you are making good pitches. But it just wasn't my night.'' Lynn said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: Right-hander Ian Kennedy, who missed his scheduled start because of a left oblique strain, is scheduled to throw on the side Wednesday. ... Right-hander Andrew Cashner, on the disabled list with shoulder soreness, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday. He last threw on Sunday in Atlanta and didn't report any discomfort.

ON DECK

Cardinals: Right-hander Joe Kelly (2-1, 3.90) makes his first career start against Padres.

Padres: Right-hander Jesse Hahn (6-2, 2.12) is 6-1 with a 1.47 ERA since June 14, with 46 strikeouts against 17 walks.

MISCUES

The Cardinals had three errors, including second baseman Kolten Wong's overthrow on Rivera's grounder in the third that led to an unearned run.

''Kong just had one sail on him but obviously that one hurt,'' manager Mike Matheny said. ''We are having trouble scoring runs and facing good pitching. We've got do the little things right and today we didn't necessarily do that.''

WOOF

It was Dog Days of Summer at Petco Park, so the Padres had Olympic slopestyle silver medalist Gus Kenworthy throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Kenworthy gained fame for adopting four stray puppies and their mother he found during the Sochi Games.

After throwing the first pitch, he did a flip.

 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

Y. Solarte
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
St. Louis

L. Lynn
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 3
K 6
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Matt Carpenter, 3B3010212.284.379.394
Kolten Wong, 2B4001013.245.296.384
Matt Holliday, LF2000201.268.374.416
Matt Adams, 1B4010022.316.331.513
Jhonny Peralta, SS4010014.253.329.443
A.J. Pierzynski, C4000021.257.288.351
Allen Craig, RF3000121.238.292.347
Jon Jay, CF4010020.289.347.368
Lance Lynn, P2110002.051.119.077
   a-Oscar Taveras, PH1010000.217.247.283
   Jason Motte, P0000000.000.000.000
   Randy Choate, P0000000.000.000.000
   Seth Maness, P0000000.400.400.400
   b-Daniel Descalso, PH0000000.176.235.231
   Peter Bourjos, PR0000000.227.288.354
Totals31161511    
a-singled for Lynn in the 7th
b-hit by pitch for Maness in the 9th
Batting
2B - Matt Carpenter (24, Ross)
SF - Kolten Wong (1)
RBI - Kolten Wong (25)
SB - Kolten Wong (15, 2nd base off Boyer/Rivera)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Matt Holliday (3, Throwing), Jhonny Peralta (10, Throwing), Kolten Wong (8, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lance Lynn (L,11-8) 6421360 2.98
Jason Motte 1111001 5.14
Randy Choate 0.1000000 4.56
Seth Maness 0.2100010 2.70
WP - Seth Maness (2)
HBP - Gyorko (by Lance Lynn), Alonso (by Randy Choate)
Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 117-66, Jason Motte 21-15, Randy Choate 7-4, Seth Maness 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 6-7, Jason Motte 1-2, Randy Choate 1-0
Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 27, Jason Motte 4, Randy Choate 2, Seth Maness 3
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Everth Cabrera, SS4010012.218.256.290
Alexi Amarista, CF3001002.227.275.306
Yangervis Solarte, 3B3211101.257.339.400
Seth Smith, LF3010100.296.393.509
Will Venable, RF3000023.208.261.292
   a-Chris Denorfia, PH-RF1000000.242.293.319
Yonder Alonso, 1B3000002.213.255.339
Jedd Gyorko, 2B3021001.171.224.276
Rene Rivera, C3110112.238.295.450
Tyson Ross, P2000023.146.163.146
   b-Yasmani Grandal, PH1000013.209.304.382
   Blaine Boyer, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kevin Quackenbush, P0000000.000.000.000
   c-Chris Nelson, PH1000002.242.278.303
   Joaquin Benoit, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3036337    
a-grounded out for Venable in the 8th
b-struck out for Ross in the 6th
c-popped out for Quackenbush in the 8th
Batting
HR - Yangervis Solarte (8, Motte)
SF - Alexi Amarista (3)
RBI - Alexi Amarista (20), Yangervis Solarte (37), Jedd Gyorko (25)
2-OUT RBI - Yangervis Solarte (15), Jedd Gyorko (6)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Gyorko-Cabrera-Alonso
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyson Ross (W,10-10) 6411570 2.60
Blaine Boyer (H,2) 1100010 2.29
Kevin Quackenbush (H,4) 1100010 2.61
Joaquin Benoit (S,3) 1000020 1.88
HBP - Descalso (by Joaquin Benoit)
Pitches-Strikes - Tyson Ross 106-64, Blaine Boyer 19-13, Kevin Quackenbush 21-14, Joaquin Benoit 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyson Ross 6-4, Blaine Boyer 2-0, Kevin Quackenbush 1-1
Batters Faced - Tyson Ross 26, Blaine Boyer 4, Kevin Quackenbush 4, Joaquin Benoit 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33521
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - David Rackley, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Jim Wolf