Ross solid for 6, Padres beat Pirates 8-2

Ross solid for 6, Padres beat Pirates 8-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Tyson Ross recovered from a two-run first to pitch six strong innings and Seth Smith hit a bases-loaded triple, leading the San Diego Padres to an 8-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

San Diego's win clinched a 14th-consecutive series victory at PNC Park.

Ross (11-10) allowed Gregory Polanco's two-run shot in the first then shut down the Pirates. He yielded six hits and walked two.

Charlie Morton retired the first 10 batters he faced before Yangervis Solarte walked with one out in the fourth and scored Yonder Alonso's single.

Smith tripled to left for three RBIs and scored on a wild pitch for a 5-2 lead.

Morton (5-11) was lifted after the fifth, responsible for five runs, five hits, a walk and five strikeouts.

Alonso added an RBI with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the seventh, and Jedd Gyorko singled in two more runs in the ninth after Jeanmar Gomez walked three to load the bases.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: First baseman Tommy Medica was available off the bench after a pitch hit him in the head Saturday night. ... Shortstop Everth Cabrera was scratched shortly before first pitch.

Pirates: Second baseman Neil Walker (back) was scratched from the lineup. He pinch-hit Saturday night and was slated to start Sunday. His status will be reevaluated and he could land on the disabled list. ... Center fielder Andrew McCutchen (rib) was out of the lineup for the sixth straight game.

ON DECK

Padres: San Diego returns to Petco Park to open a three-game set with the Colorado Rockies. RHP Jesse Hahn (7-3, 2.28 ERA) starts for the Padres against Colorado RHP Jordan Lyles (6-1, 3.72 ERA).

Pirates: Pittsburgh continues its eight-game homestand with a two-game interleague series against the Detroit Tigers. LHP Jeff Locke (3-3, 3.78 ERA) opposes Detroit RHP Justin Verlander (10-10, 4.57 ERA).