- Associated Press - Saturday, August 16, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - San Diego right-hander Tyson Ross simply took too long to get untracked against the Cardinals.

St. Louis capitalized on Ross’ early difficulties to score twice in the first inning on the way to a 4-2 victory over the Padres on Friday night.

Ross finished with a six-inning quality start. He surrendered three runs and five hits, but walked four and hit two batters.

He bounced back and allowed just one run over his last five innings. But the early damage was too much to overcome.

“I needed to make an adjustment, and that didn’t happen until the second inning,” Ross said. “It’s hard when you shoot yourself in the foot like that.”

Ross threw balls on 12 of his first 16 pitches.

“He just couldn’t get the ball in the zone,” San Diego manager Bud Black said.

St. Louis starter Lance Lynn needed just 16 days to get even with the Padres

Matt Adams, Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras hit RBI singles for St. Louis. San Diego has lost two in a row after a five-game winning streak.

Lynn (13-8) gave up one run and six hits, striking out six and walking one. The Padres handed him a 3-1 defeat on July 29.

Lynn actually felt as though he pitched better last month in San Diego when he allowed one earned run and four hits in six innings.

“Tonight was a grind from the get-go,” Lynn said. “It could have been better.”

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny disagreed, saying Lynn was at the top of his game.

“Lance was great,” he said. “Another good night of using his fastball, mixing in the two-seam and four-seam. He had a real nice feel for all of his pitches.”

Lynn has allowed two runs or fewer in 11 of his last 13 starts.

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