Tyson Ross knows his record is not impressive. Still, the San Diego Padres pitcher is proving he belongs in the majors.
Ross pitched eight strong innings before Didi Gregorius tripled home the tiebreaking run in the 12th to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks over San Diego 2-1 on Tuesday night.
It was another wasted effort from Ross in a season of frustrating outings.
''I think I'm just trying to build off my previous starts,'' he said. ''Growing as a pitcher, gaining confidence as I go.''
Ross, who became a dependable starter in the second half this season, has little to show for it.
The right-hander is 3-8 with a 3.10 ERA after allowing only Paul Goldschmidt's solo homer and three hits against Arizona. He struck out six, walked two, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch.
''Tyson threw great, no doubt about it,'' Padres manager Bud Black said. ''He threw the ball extremely well again.''
San Diego has given Ross little support lately, scoring 12 runs in his last 11 starts dating to ...