"Tall guy, short stride."

That was the pre-game description of Tyson Ross' pitching style by manager Bud Black late Sunday morning, and a few hours later, the 6-foot-5 right-hander had a visible pride in that stride as he walked off the mound.

In the course of a 5-1 win by the Padres at Petco Park, Ross had out-dueled the Cy Young Award winner of the American League, beating Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers with seven innings of great command.

Ross struck out seven, allowed six hits and walked nobody with his 100 pitches, posting his first victory in three decisions.

"He was in the Zone," said second baseman Jedd Gyorko, whose bat and glove both had much to do with the triumph. "He kinda had his fastball back a little bit. His slider was the normal Tyson slider. Anytime he's in that Zone with two pitches, it's gonna be tough to hit."

In the process, Ross showed that some of the tweaks he and pitching coach Darren Balsley had made in Ross' footwork since a rocky start in Cleveland had made a difference.

"I was just a little too quick (before)," said Ross. "We worked in the bullpen and had some positive results. I feel like it's where (his delivery) needed to be, a step in the right direction. I stay grounded a little longer, stay on-line."

Given the least amount of run support of any major league pitcher since he became a Padres starter -- 28 runs in 15 outings -- Ross actually recorded his first recorded RBI with a single and got home runs from Gyorko and Xavier Nady. Gyorko, along with shortstop Everth Cabrera and left fielder Seth Smith, also had a major hand in some great defensive play that kept Scherzer from working with a lead.