There was little for the right-hander to celebrate after giving up season highs of nine hits and five earned runs in six innings in San Diego’s 5-2 loss on Wednesday night.
“He just couldn’t get ahead of hitters and put them away,” manager Bud Black said of Ross. “The big blow was the home run. Anytime there is a three-run homer in a ballgame, that puts a little dent in your game.”
Ross regressed after striking out nine and shutting out the Giants over eight innings in his previous start last week.
Milwaukee was aggressive from the outset and made solid contact early in counts. Ryan Braun doubled home a run in the first on a 1-1 pitch, the same count on which eighth-place hitter Segura hit a 385-homer off the green facade over the left-field wall.
“I was just falling behind on these guys and missing up in the zone,” Ross said. “When I did miss up, they were ready.”
Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth for his ninth save, his 313th over 12 full big league seasons.
Waiting in the on-deck circle, Lohse pumped his right fist as Segura’s drive cleared the fence. On the mound, the right-hander held the Padres to one earned run until the bullpen shut down San Diego over the final two innings.
“You get some runs on the board, it is big for us to go out and shut down the next inning to keep the other team down and keep the momentum going,” Lohse said.
San Diego took a 1-0 lead in the first off of Seth Smith’s sacrifice fly, but was otherwise limited until pinch-hitter Nick Hundley’s RBI single with two outs in the seventh.
“We’ve got to get some hits to build confidence and they are not coming at a rate where guys are going to build their confidence,” Black said.
After four straight one-run games, the Brewers got a relative breather.