Silent night: The Mets did not muster a hit against All-Star Tyson Ross until the fifth inning, when Travis d’Arnaud sent a leadoff trickler up the third-base line. Chase Headley elected to let the ball roll and it kicked off the base for an infield hit.
Ross limited the Mets to four hits in seven scoreless innings. The Padres had scored a total of five runs with him on the mound in his previous eight starts.
Gee fizz:Dillon Gee surrendered four runs in five innings, including solo homers to Yasmani Grandal and Will Venable to lead off frames. It was Gee’s shortest start since June 22, 2013. He departed with the Mets trailing 4-0.
Grandal’s homer to right-center was estimated at 440 feet -- the longest at Petco Park this season.
Gee’s final line: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 2 HR. He threw 80 pitches in his second start since returning from the disabled list.
Gets a pass? D'Arnaud had two passed balls in the game, including one in the eighth inning that allowed a run to score. He has eight passed balls this season -- two shy of the MLB lead.
What’s next: The Mets and Padres play the rubber game Sunday at 4:10 p.m. ET. Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.90 ERA) opposes right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne (2-1, 1.35). The Cuban defector Despaigne rivals Bartolo Colon in hitting prowess.