SAN DIEGO (AP) - If the Padres felt any sense of urgency after a managerial change, it didn’t result in a win Monday night.
Hours after San Diego fired long-time manager Bud Black, Tyson Ross was hit hard by his former team in the Padres’ 9-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics.
Black had managed the Padres since the 2007 season and won the National League manager of the year award in 2010.
“It’s been a day that was unexpected for a lot of us in the clubhouse,” interim manager Dave Roberts said. “But it had no bearing in the game. We were focused on winning.”
Ross (3-7) gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings. He struck out four consecutive batters before the third when Oakland broke through for three runs, and finished with six strikeouts while walking five.
“Buddy was a great manager and I can’t say enough good things about him,” Ross said. “He took me in when I was at the low point of my career and didn’t have much confidence. He believed in me and over the last 2 1/2 years he has really helped me develop.
Former Padres pitcher Jesse Hahn (4-5) shut down the team that traded him in the offseason, holding the Padres to one run and three hits over 6 2/3 innings while striking out four and walking two.
“I was very excited for this start, but I didn’t really change anything, I just treated it as another start,” Hahn said. “Just because it was my first major-league team and I made my debut here, and I wasn’t really expecting the trade. I think anyone would want to go out there and pitch a great game.”
In the eighth, Vogt hit the first pitch from Cory Mazzoni, who was recalled from Triple-A earlier in the day, into the Jack Deck in right field to give Oakland a 9-1 lead.
“I just had a feeling that he was going to throw a first-pitch heater,” Vogt said. “The guy throws hard, so I just thought about getting my foot down and fortunately he threw it and I didn’t miss it.”
It was Vogt’s second career grand slam and third hit of the night, following an 0-for-15 stretch coming into the game.
“I went up there in my first at-bat and had a lackluster swing,” Vogt said. “I wasn’t really feeling aggressive, so I said I’m just going to swing as hard as I can and when you hit a true line drive the other way, it reminds you that you know how to hit. I did feel a lot better tonight.”
Brett Lawrie had three hits and drove in two runs for the A’s. Ben Zobrist reached base five times, including four walks, and scored twice. The win was the second straight by a large margin for Oakland, which beat the Angels 8-1 on Sunday.
“We’ve seen it a few times this year,” Melvin said. “It’s good to see. That hasn’t been the problem for us this year.”
Will Venable doubled home San Diego’s only run in the third inning after a replay challenge was upheld by home plate umpire Mike DiMuro. Venable and interim manager Dave Roberts claimed Venable was hit by a pitch from Hahn, but the at-bat continued and Venable sent the next pitch to the wall in center field, scoring Alexi Amarista.
Venable reached base again on a throwing error by first baseman Max Macy in the fifth that put runners at second and third with two outs, but Hahn recovered to get Cory Spangenberg on a groundout and end the threat. Oakland leads the major leagues with 62 errors.
Drew Pomeranz escaped a two-out jam in the seventh after Hahn left the game, getting Venable to ground out. Eric O’Flaherty and Fernando Abad each contributed scoreless innings.
Melvin Upton Jr. collected his first hit with the Padres, a pinch-hit single in the seventh.
Padres: INF/OF Wil Myers was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left wrist tendinitis. Myers played in just three games after being activated from a rehab assignment on June 11.
Athletics: 1B Ike Davis (quad injury) will continue his rehab assignment and likely rejoin the club in Oakland on Wednesday.
Athletics: LHP Scott Kazmir (3-4, 2.79) looks to build on tossing eight scoreless innings in his last start, a victory over Texas that snapped his four-game losing streak.
Padres: RHP Andrew Cashner (2-8, 4.16) takes the mound for San Diego coming off two straight no-decisions. He gave up four runs in 6 2/3 innings his last time out in Atlanta.
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