- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - Tyson Ross pitched hitless ball for the second straight start, helping the San Diego Padres beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 Friday.

Competing for the No. 3 spot in the San Diego rotation, Ross struck out three in three innings and walked two. He has thrown five hitless innings in two starts.

Milwaukee didn’t get a hit until Elian Herrera tripled leading off the sixth on a drive that center fielder Rico Noel lost in the sun. Scooter Gennett followed two batters later with a two-run homer, just his second hit in 15 spring training at-bats.

Noel hit an inside-the-park home run in the fourth.

Ryan Braun went 0 for 2 with a walk after getting hits in seven of his first eight spring training at-bats.

Milwaukee starter Matt Garza gave up three runs - two earned - and six hits in three innings, giving up a leadoff homer to Alex Dickerson in San Diego. He had allowed four runs, four hits and two walks in one inning and Colorado last Sunday in his first start.

“I was more in control. Not less energy but more controlled energy, Garza said. “The first time out is a lot more anxiety, a lot of excitement. I felt great today. Everything was in line and everything was under control, and I was able to throw strikes.”


Padres: Ross retired eight of the 10 Brewers he faces over three innings.

“Another solid outing and step in the right direction,” he said. “I had a chance to extend my pitch count (28 of 41 pitches for strikes), get up and down three times and feel really good. I missed a couple of pitches to Braun, but you can afford to make mistakes with him. I was definitely careful there.”

Brewers: Garza was in trouble right from the start. He allowed six hits and two earned runs in the first two innings before closing with a strong third inning, striking out Carlos Quentin and Xavier Nady.

Milwaukee’s defense hurt Garza, too. Juan Francisco missed a chopper at third base and Elian Herrera misplayed a line drive to center into a run in the first, and a poor throw to the plate led to another in the second.

“It’s always a good test, because it’s adversity, and you just have to focus on keep making your pitches and don’t worry about things you can’t control,” Garza said. “Once I let it go, then it’s out of my hands, figuratively and literally.

“Keep making pitches and these guys will pick you up more than they let you down,” he said.


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