Arizona at San Diego

San Diego
W: C. Richard (12-5) L: R. Lopez (5-12)
HR: ARI - None   SD - W. Venable (11),C. Denorfia (9)

Padres 5, Diamondbacks 0 wire reports

SAN DIEGO -- With 38 games to play, the San Diego Padres have matched last year's win total of 75.

It's a sign of their big turnaround, but the Padres want a lot more.

Will Venable and Chris Denorfia hit two-run homers while left-hander Clayton Richard combined with four relievers on a five-hitter to help the NL West-leading Padres to a 5-0 win over the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

The Padres improved to an NL-best 75-49. Last year, they went 37-25 in the final two months to finish 75-87, leapfrogging Arizona to finish in fourth place.

"If you look at those kind of numbers, obviously it shows how much we've progressed," Venable said. "But the 75 wins last year, that was last year. We planned coming into the season to get more wins than that, so it's nice to be on track."

Said manager Bud Black: "We'll try to get 76 tomorrow."

The Padres retained their 5½-game lead over the San Francisco Giants, who beat Cincinnati 16-5. The Padres began a stretch in which they will play 16 games in 20 days at home, where they have won five straight and 13 of 16. Besides this three-game series, the Padres will play the Diamondbacks (49-77) again next week in Phoenix. Arizona has lost eight of 11.

Richard (12-5) won his career-best fifth straight decision, over six starts. He allowed three hits while striking out eight and walking five. It was San Diego's 16th shutout, second in the majors behind the New York Mets' 18.

Richard had runners on in five of his six innings, but none advanced beyond second base.

"He worked his way out of a couple of jams. He's got the arm, he's got the makeup, he's got the aptitude to be a successful pitcher," Black said.

"I was able to mix it up enough and throw enough strikes to keep them off balance, and really trust the defense," Richard said.

The Diamondbacks were shut out in consecutive games. They lost 1-0 to Colorado on Sunday.

"We had opportunities the last two games and we haven't hit the ball," Diamondbacks interim manager Kirk Gibson said. "I don't mean not to give him credit," Gibson added, referring to Richard, "but at the same time, we expect more than that."

Venable homered to right-center on a 2-0 pitch from Rodrigo Lopez (5-12) with one out in the second, his 11th. Chase Headley was aboard on a leadoff double. Denorfia drove the first pitch he saw from Lopez into the second deck with two outs in the fourth, his ninth. Venable was aboard on a walk.

Lopez has allowed 32 homers, the highest in the majors and matching his career-high set with Baltimore in 2006.

"He's not been able to locate," Gibson said. "On the two home runs, those are pitches that we don't want to see in those situations."

Lopez allowed five runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings, struck out one and walked one. Starting with an 8-5 loss at San Diego on July 17, Lopez is 0-5 with a 6.90 ERA in his last eight starts.

"I'm working, trying to keep the team in the game," Lopez said. "Things are not working. There's not much I can do. I need to keep myself positive."

Miguel Tejada doubled with one out in the fifth and scored on Ryan Ludwick's two-out single that chased Lopez.


Chargers rookie RB Ryan Mathews threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... Black said RHP Chris Young will throw another simulated game sometime later this week as he continues his rehab. Young has been on the DL since April 12 with a strained shoulder and would like to pitch again this season. Time is running out, though, to send him on a rehab assignment in the minors. Black said Young's sessions will get longer and more intense each time. ... The Diamondbacks are 19-41 on the road, second-worst in the NL.

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Players of the Game
San Diego

W. Venable
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
San Diego

C. Richard
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 5
K 8

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Stephen Drew, SS5010002 .259
Justin Upton, RF1010300 .270
Kelly Johnson, 2B4010015 .278
Chris Young, CF2000212 .268
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000033 .269
Mark Reynolds, 3B3000111 .212
Miguel Montero, C4000012 .284
Ryan Roberts, LF3000020 .150
   a- Gerardo Parra, PH1000000 .238
Rodrigo Lopez, P2000020 .056
    D.J. Carrasco, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Church, PH1010000 .189
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
    Jordan Norberto, P0000000 .000
   c- Augie Ojeda, PH1010000 .203
a-flied out for Roberts in the 9th
b-singled for Carrasco in the 7th
c-singled for Norberto in the 9th
2B - Stephen Drew (23, Richard)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Reynolds-Johnson-LaRoche
Arizona Diamondbacks
Rodrigo Lopez (L,5-12) 4.1955112 5.09
D.J. Carrasco 1.2100020 3.95
Blaine Boyer 1000010 4.24
Jordan Norberto 1000210 6.43
Pitches-Strikes - Rodrigo Lopez 83-55, D.J. Carrasco 26-17, Blaine Boyer 10-7, Jordan Norberto 20-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rodrigo Lopez 4-7, D.J. Carrasco 2-1, Blaine Boyer 2-0, Jordan Norberto 1-1
Batters Faced - Rodrigo Lopez 22, D.J. Carrasco 6, Blaine Boyer 3, Jordan Norberto 5
San Diego Padres
Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B4010001 .252
Miguel Tejada, SS4120001 .272
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4020001 .299
Ryan Ludwick, RF4011012 .271
Chase Headley, 3B4110012 .278
Yorvit Torrealba, C3000103 .289
Will Venable, LF3222111 .238
Chris Denorfia, CF3112101 .289
Clayton Richard, P2000010 .174
   a- Scott Hairston, PH1000011 .218
    Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
    Tim Stauffer, P0000000 .143
   b- Luis Durango, PH1000002 .409
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Richard in the 6th
b-grounded out for Stauffer in the 8th
2B - Jerry Hairston Jr. (13, Lopez), Miguel Tejada (24, Lopez), Chase Headley (27, Lopez)
HR - Will Venable (11, Lopez), Chris Denorfia (9, Lopez)
RBI - Ryan Ludwick (56), Will Venable 2 (45), Chris Denorfia 2 (35)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Denorfia 2 (6)
SB - Will Venable (25, 2nd base off Carrasco/Montero)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Headley-Hairston-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
Clayton Richard (W,12-5) 6300580 3.55
Ernesto Frieri 0.2100110 2.87
Joe Thatcher 0.1000010 1.32
Tim Stauffer 1000010 1.12
Edward Mujica 1100000 3.36
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 108-61, Ernesto Frieri 23-11, Joe Thatcher 5-3, Tim Stauffer 13-8, Edward Mujica 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 4-5, Ernesto Frieri 1-0, Tim Stauffer 1-1, Edward Mujica 1-2
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 25, Ernesto Frieri 4, Joe Thatcher 1, Tim Stauffer 3, Edward Mujica 4
Game Information
Attendance - 20075
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Tony Randazzo