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Friday, June 27 (All times Eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (33-48) at San Diego Padres (34-45), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Brandon McCarthy (1-10, 5.38) San Diego - Tyson Ross (6-7, 3.22)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Tyson Ross hopes for some support from his offense on Friday when the San Diego Padres open a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park.
Ross would settle for any support from a Padres lineup that produced zero hits against Tim Lincecum on Wednesday. San Diego fell for the third time in five tries in that one and were no-hit by Lincecum for the second time in as many years in a 4-0 loss.
"He was good. ... That wasn't a fluke," said third baseman Chase Headley, who walked in the second inning and was the Padres' only baserunner.
"His split and change ... If (that split isn't) the best pitch in baseball, it's one of the best. I thought that we didn't give in to him and hit a few balls hard, but it goes to show that in this game, it's still pitching that can dominate."
Ian Kennedy (5-9) was on the other side and surrendered four runs on nine hits while fanning eight.
"You always think (a no-hitter) is going to be broken up sometime," Kennedy said.
San Diego, of course, ranks last in the majors in runs per game (3.0), batting average (.213) and OPS (.610). And nobody knows that more than Ross, who has seen his team fail to score a run with him on the mound in his last four trips to the hill.
Ross has pitched better than his 6-7 record may indicate, but comes into this start having dropped his last three decisions. The righty fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, as he allowed two earned runs over seven innings and actually dropped his ERA to 3.22.
"I don't worry about that because I have no control over it," Ross said of the run support. "I just try to concentrate on my end and give us a chance to win."
San Diego's offense could get untracked Friday against struggling right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who has lost his last five decisions and has just one win this season. However, that victory came at the expense of the Padres back on May 3.
Since that outing, though, he has pitched to a 6.62 ERA and gave up five runs in five innings in a loss to San Francisco on Sunday to fall to 1-10 on the year.
"The frustrating thing is I don't have any more answers this week than I did last week or the week before," McCarthy said. "I don't know what the heck I'm doing wrong. ... It just doesn't seem to be coming together."
Arizona enters this series sitting at the bottom of the National League West standings, two games back of the fourth-place Padres. The Diamondbacks have also dropped three of four and six of their last nine.
Arizona has won four of its six matchups with the Padres this season.
06/27 10:53:40 ET
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