Three homers, Ross' zeros take care of Mets

Three homers, Ross' zeros take care of Mets

SAN DIEGO -- Tyson Ross might have one of the best sliders in baseball, but for one night, it was only his second-best pitch.

Ross, the Padres' All-Star, ran his streak of scoreless innings at home to 19 with seven shutout innings in a 6-0 victory over the Mets on Saturday at Petco Park.

"He's got great stuff. He's got great sink. Of course, [he's got] that plus slider. [He] threw some changeups today. That's why he's on the All-Star team," said Mets manager Terry Collins.

Ross (8-10) allowed four hits with three walks and six strikeouts and got eight ground-ball outs, many of which came as the result of his best pitch of the night -- his sinker.

"It was nasty," said catcher Rene Rivera.

Those words are usually reserved for Ross' slider, a wipeout pitch that is a big reason why he was picked for his first All-Star Game and why his ERA is now a nifty 2.70 after 21 starts.

But on Saturday he discovered in the bullpen that the slider wouldn't be his greatest weapon.

"I didn't have my best slider, but I had a pretty good sinker tonight with a lot of good downward action," Ross said.

Ross' pitching and six runs from the offense, fueled by three home runs in one game -- a first this season at Petco for the Padres -- proved plenty to top the Mets.

In the second inning, Yasmani Grandal hit a 440-foot home run to right-center field -- the longest home run at Petco Park this season -- and Will Venable and Seth Smith followed with long balls as well to fuel an offense that ran on fumes much of the season's first half.

"That ball was one of the furthest I've seen," manager Bud Black said of Grandal's home run. "Strong guy. … That was legit."

All told, the Padres (42-55) have scored 10 runs while splitting the first two games of their three-game series with the Mets (46-51).

"Yazzy had great intent on the 3-1 count," Black said. "He was looking velocity and got it and hammered it. Will, same thing, that's the 2-0 swing you're looking for. Smitty, same thing, that's what you're looking for on 2-0."

The homers were, no doubt, of some relief to Ross, who hasn't had much run support all season, though he's never once complained. Take June, during which he made five starts. The Padres scored one run in those five outings -- and that came on his own sacrifice fly.

Runs weren't an issue against Mets starter Dillon Gee (4-2), who allowed the home runs to Grandal and Venable. Reliever Carlos Torres allowed the home run to Smith. Gee, who entered the game with a 2.56 ERA, allowed four runs in five innings on five hits, with eight strikeouts.

"I thought there were some good swings by our guys, overall. There were some good swings on good counts that you like to see," Black said.

Corey Brock is a reporter for Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.