SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tyson Ross hit an RBI single with the bases loaded to snap a scoreless tie in the fifth and pitched six-plus strong innings to lead the San Diego Padres to a 5-1 victory against the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.
The Padres had gone 10 hitless innings since pinch-hitting pitcher Clayton Richard had their only hit Thursday night in the third inning of a desultory 7-0 loss to the Giants. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that was the first time a team’s lone hit was by a pitcher who did not start the game since June 28, 1935, when Pittsburgh’s Mace Brown did it against the Chicago Cubs after entering as a reliever.
Ross (2-1) allowed an unearned run on seven hits while striking out five and walking one. He exited in the seventh after a single and an error on shortstop Freddy Galvis put runners on first and second. Craig Stammen allowed Joe Panik’s RBI single.
Franchy Cordero homered for the Padres leading off the seventh, his second.
Brad Hand came on with runners at first and second and one out in the ninth to get his fifth save.
The Padres jumped on Ty Blach (1-2) for two runs and four hits in the fifth, with a fielding error by first baseman Brandon Belt leading to one of the runs being unearned. San Diego added two runs on three consecutive hits opening the sixth to chase the left-hander.
Jose Pirela also hit an RBI single in the fifth. In the sixth, Hunter Renfroe and Christian Villanueva hit consecutive doubles and Galvis followed with an RBI single to chase Blach.
Blach allowed four runs, three earned, and seven hits. He struck out three and walked one.
Brandon Crawford had three hits for the Giants.
Padres: Announced that RHP Dinelson Lamet will have season-ending reconstructive elbow surgery next week. He was hurt in his final spring training start. Lamet had been projected as the team’s No. 2 starter.
Giants: LHP Derek Holland (0-2, 4.09 ERA) is scheduled to make his third start of the season. He’s 0-1 lifetime against San Diego, having allowed seven runs, six earned, on a career-high 13 hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 7-3 loss with Texas on June 27, 2009.
Padres: Richard (1-1, 5.29) is coming off a 7-6 win at Colorado on Monday night in which he hit a three-run homer.