Tuesday, the wait was over. Making his first start since April 17, Ross held Milwaukee to a run on two hits and two walks with six strikeouts as the Padres beat the Brewers 6-2 at Miller Park. Since that last victory, Ross (1-4) had gone 0-12 with a 4.82 ERA. "I just grinded through it," Ross said. "I kept battling." The only blemish on his record Tuesday came not from his pitching, but a bad throw while trying to pick off Norichika Aoki at first base in the third inning. Jeff Bianchi had opened the inning with a base hit, stole second and moved to third on Aoki's fielder's choice. With Logan Schafer batting, Ross overthrew first baseman Yonder Alonso, allowing Aoki to score, trying the game at 1-1. Ross recovered and retired 11 of the next 12 batters, while his offense pounded out 15 hits. "A good game all around," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "Getting 15 hits and putting pressure on them all night ... good stuff." San Diego blew the game wide open against Brewers reliever Tyler Thornburg, who gave up four runs on seven hits with a walk and two strikeouts in four innings of relief for starter Donovan Hand. Thornburg gave up a two-run home run to Nick Hundley in the sixth, which made it 4-1, and he ran into trouble again in the seventh, when back-to-back RBI singles by Mark Kotsay and Hundley made it a 6-1 ball game. Kotsay entered the game hitless in his last 25 at-bats but snapped out of that slump in a big way against his former team, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. "Tonight was a lot of fun," said Kotsay, who hit .270 in 104 games for the Brewers in 2011. "It hasn't been a lot of fun lately. I don't think I've ever had gone 0-for-25 in my career before." Hand went just four innings after suffering a right hand contusion when he was hit by a Ross pitch in the third inning. He came back out to pitch the fourth and gave up a leadoff home run to Will Venable, which put the Padres back ahead at 2-1. Hand (0-2) finished the inning, but he had difficulty gripping the ball, which led to an early exit. "I went back out for the fourth and it felt good," Hand said. "There was a little swelling on the pinky side, but nothing major. After the fourth I just couldn't grip the ball any more, and the swelling went over to the other side. Just a smart thing. Don't want to do something different pitching-wise and hurt something more." After rejoining the team Tuesday to replace the suspended Ryan Braun, Khris Davis hit his first career home run, a pinch-hit solo shot to lead off the ninth inning, but after winning four in a row -- including a three-game sweep of the Marlins -- the Brewers' offense has scored just three runs on eight hits in their last two games. "We haven't really hammered the ball for a while," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Some of it is personnel, but I still expect a lot of these guys to have better at-bats. I think they're disappointed in the way they're swinging the bat and that's a good thing." In the midst of a 10-game, three-city road trip, the Padres began the day 18-33 away from Petco Park, the third-worst mark in the National League, but have won three of their last four road games. NOTES: Milwaukee traded RHP Francisco Rodriguez to Baltimore Tuesday for Single-A third baseman Nick Delmonico. Rodriguez was 1-1 with a 1.09 ERA in 25 appearances this season and had converted all 10 of his save opportunities. ... Padres RHP Jason Marquis, who was lost for the season due to an elbow injury, was not thinking about retirement according to manager Bud Black. "I think, as of right now, he plans on pitching again," Black said. "I think he wants to come back and compete." Marquis, 34, was 9-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 20 starts this season. ... Brewers manager Ron Roenicke had "no new information" in regards to Braun's season-ending suspension, which began Monday, but said that Logan Schafer will see a majority of action in left field with newly recalled Davis seeing time against left-handed pitchers.
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