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MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres SAN DIEGO -- The Padres doubt Tyson Ross will earn National League Pitcher of the Month honors for July.

Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, after all, had a phenomenal month.

But that doesn't mean Ross doesn't deserve it.

Ross ran his record to 4-2 for July with a 1.10 earned-run average after holding the Cardinals to one run on four hits over six innings at Petco Park Tuesday night.

In six starts in July, Ross gave up five runs in 41 innings. He allowed 28 hits and 10 walks (including five Tuesday) against 48 strikeouts. Opposing hitters batted .194 against Ross in July.

His 1.10 ERA is the second best in franchise history to the 1.04 mark by Mat Latos in July of 2010.

"Ross has been phenomenal," said Padres manager Bud Black after the 6-foot-5 right-hander won his third straight game while lowering his season ERA to 2.60.

Said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny of Ross: "He's got a great arm and it's deceptive. Normally when you talk about deceptive guys, it's guys who are not power pitchers. Ross is short without much effort and the ball jumps. It's 96 (mph) with command. And he can throw sliders when he is behind. That makes for a tough day."

----------------------------------------------- MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres RECORD: 47-59

STREAK: Won one

NEXT: Cardinals (RHP Joe Kelly, 2-1, 3.90 ERA) vs. Padres (RHP Jesse Hahn, 6-2, 2.12 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--SS Everth Cabrera was activated from the disabled list Tuesday after missing 20 games with a left hamstring strain. Cabrera went 1-for-4. Cabrera is hitting only .218 this season. "When Cabby is right, he is a catalyst for this club," said Padres manager Bud Black. "He can be a dynamic player. He hasn't played up to his expectations this season. He wants to finish strong over the last two months."

--LHP Jason Lane, a converted outfielder who made his first major league start as a pitcher Monday at the age of 37 and held Atlanta to one run on six hits over six innings, was designated for assignment to make room on the 25-man roster for SS Everth Cabrera. "There is part of me that hopes that happens," manager Bud Black said when asked if he thought another major league team would claim Lane on waivers. "If he clears waivers, there's a place with us (back at Triple-A El Paso). If it does work out where he's claimed and is with a major league team, I'm happy for him."

--3B Yangervis Solarte hit his second homer as a Padre Tuesday and is 8-for-28 with a triple, two homers, six RBIs and seven runs scored since coming to the Padres from the Yankees in exchange for 3B Chase Headley on July 22. Solarte has one RBI in six of his seven starts as a Padre.

--LF Seth Smith was 1-for-3 Tuesday and is hitting .383 (23-for-60) in July. He has four doubles and three homers this month. He entered Tuesday night's game with the highest batting average for the month in the National League.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I needed the defense to make some great plays behind me and the offense to come through tonight and they did." -- RHP Tyson Ross, after winning his third straight decision.

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