PEORIA, Ariz. -- Tyson Ross tossed five scoreless innings, striking out five, and Cameron Maybin knocked in two runs with a double Monday as the Padres topped the White Sox, 10-4, in a Cactus League game at the Peoria Sports Complex.
Ross allowed one walk and one hit, and that hit was lost in the sun by Maybin, in center field in the fourth inning. Cory Spangenberg drove in three runs with a seventh-inning triple, and Jake Goebbert had an RBI double and Abraham Almonte had a sac fly in the eighth. With the win, the Padres improved to 10-10.
Never a no-no: The Padres, the only remaining big league team without a no-hitter, have been getting no-hit stuff of late from their last two starting pitchers. First, it was James Shields, who tossed five no-hit innings on Sunday against the Cubs. Then, on Monday, Ross took his turn, opening the game with 3 1/3 no-hit innings.
GyorkStore called: Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko, who came into the game with 16 strikeouts in 32 at-bats this spring, spent early Monday morning working in the batting cage to fix his swing. It's probably far too soon to say that he's found something but he had singles in his first three at-bats.
Starting over:Jose Quintana had trouble throwing strikes to Maybin and Yangervis Solarte, walking Maybin and yielding a Solarte single to open the first. Those fortunes quickly changed for the southpaw, who retired Justin Upton on a popup to second baseman Carlos Sanchez and then started a double play on Matt Kemp's grounder back to the mound. Quintana, who indicated after the game that he was preparing to pitch the second game of the regular season, tossed scoreless baseball into the fifth, before allowing four runs and exiting with one out.
A web gem: With the bright sunshine and often dry and hard infields in Arizona, it's hard to always get a true read defensively. Ramirez is unfazed by the conditions. The White Sox shortstop took part in two slick double plays in the first and fourth and then took a hit away from Will Middlebrooks by sliding into hole toward third and beating him on a three-hop throw to first. Ramirez then threw Alexi Amarista out at the plate on the relay off of Maybin's two-run double.
"The versatility he brings is very advantageous for us. That's a big part of his game. He brings some offense, he brings a glove. It's a nice piece. We feel good about Solarte " -- Padres manager Bud Black on Solarte, who started at first base Monday, but has also made starts this spring at third base and second base.
"If he wants to sing the anthem, that will be perfect." White Sox manager Robin Ventura on country-music star Luke Bryan, who took part in Monday morning's team workout.
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You know Ross is at his best when he's getting ground ball after ground ball. That was the case a year ago, when he made his first All-Star team, as he finished ninth in the National League in groundouts (304). He was at it again Monday, getting nine of them against the White Sox.
The Padres remain in Peoria to face the Mariners on Tuesday in what will be a home game for them in the ballpark -- Peoria Sports Complex -- they share, beginning at 1:05 p.m. PT, live on a free padres.com audio webcast. Andrew Cashner gets the start, his fourth of the spring. He has been very efficient so far, throwing 62 of his 88 pitches for strikes.
The White Sox return to Glendale after a two-game road trip to take on the Rockies, with a 3:05 p.m. CT first pitch on Tuesday, live on MLB.TV. John Danks gets the start for the White Sox, making his third Cactus League trip to the mound. Danks has allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings.