- Associated Press - Sunday, July 20, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) - It’s not that New York Mets starter Dillon Gee pitched poorly, he just wasn’t as good as San Diego Padres counterpart Tyson Ross.

Ross shut down the surging Mets’ bats in a strong seven-inning performance, and the Padres snapped the Mets’ four-game winning streak with a 6-0 victory on Saturday night.

In his second start since a lengthy stint on the disabled list, Gee (4-2) lasted only five innings - his shortest outing of the season. He allowed four runs, including two on mistake pitches that the Padres hit for home runs. A bad throw from outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis brought in another run.

Gee struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter.

“He was pitching good,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “His stuff was good. He finished up strong but again this isn’t about one guy. You have to hit, that’s the name of the game.”

The Mets were challenged there, unable to break through against Ross and three relievers.

Gee wasn’t as impressive as he was in his first start since a strained right lat sidelined him for two months. Last week against Atlanta, Gee worked seven innings and surrendered one run and six hits.

On Saturday he was looking for his second straight win and fourth in five decisions.

“I wasn’t locating well for a while,” Gee said. “I pitched behind guys, and that makes it tough when I do that. Good pitchers have to really locate when they’re throwing 2-0, 3-0, 3-1, 2-1, stuff like that.”

Gee’s previous six starts produced a 1.35 ERA and at least six innings of work in each outing.

But the Padres had a rare offensive night as Yasmani Grandal, Will Venable and Seth Smith homered. San Diego won for the third time in 11 games; the Mets had won nine of 11.

“There were some good swings on good counts,” Padres manager Bud Black said.

Ross (8-10) allowed only four hits in seven innings. He struck out six and issued three walks.

“That’s why he’s on the All-Star team,” Collins said.

Ross didn’t surrender a hit in the first four innings. His bid to throw the first no-hitter in Padres history was derailed by Travis d’Arnaud’s four-hopper that ricocheted off third base for an infield single.

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