Ross, Padres hand Cain another tough-luck defeat
SAN DIEGO — Tyson Ross held the San Francisco Giants to four hits and struck out nine in eight scoreless innings, and the San Diego Padres won 2-1 Friday night to hand Matt Cain his third straight loss.
Ross (2-2) beat Cain five days after topping AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers. The right-hander was rarely in trouble, despite allowing a leadoff double to Angel Pagan. Ross then retired the next eight batters. He walked one.
Pablo Sandoval was the only Giants runner to reach third base, after hitting a single leading off the seventh and advancing on a walk and a double play. He was stranded when Ross got Brandon Crawford to line to shortstop.
Cain (0-3) allowed four hits and one unearned run in seven innings while striking out eight and walking two.
The Giants have played eight straight games decided by one run, their most since another streak of eight in a row in August 1910, according to STATS.
Chris Denorfia tripled to right-center with one out in the first and scored on a passed ball by Hector Sanchez, who couldn't hold onto ball four to Jedd Gyorko.
Yasmani Grandal, pinch-hitting for Ross in the eighth, homered off Juan Gutierrez, his first.
Huston Street got his sixth save in six chances, but not before allowing Brandon Belt's solo home run to right field with one out in the ninth, his sixth. Street walked Hunter Pence with two outs before striking out Sanchez.
After allowing Denorfia's single with one out in the third, Cain retired 11 straight batters until Will Venable singled leading off the seventh.
It was Cain's second straight start allowing one run and four hits in seven innings.
NOTES: Plate umpire Jerry Layne was scratched due to an illness, and a three-man crew worked the game. Hunter Wendlestedt took over behind the plate. ... Giants C Buster Posey got the night off. ... The series resumes Saturday when Giants RHP Tim Hudson (2-0, 2.35 ERA) is scheduled to face LHP Eric Stults (0-2, 5.52). ... When the Padres go on the road next week, LF Carlos Quentin, who started the season on the disabled list with a bone bruise in his left knee, will go to extended spring training in Arizona to continue working toward his return. If he does well, it'll be the last step before he's cleared to go on a rehab assignment. Manager Bud Black also said RHP Casey Kelly, who's rehabbing from reconstructive elbow surgery, threw a side session and is scheduled to throw another extended spring game Monday. If all goes well, Kelly will go on a rehab assignment to Triple-A El Paso.