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Padres 4, Royals 2

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SAN DIEGO -- The last time Clayton Richard won at Petco Park, the San Diego Padres had a winning record and appeared chugging toward a division title.

Yes, it had been that long.

Richard won for the first time in 12 home starts since August and the Padres beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 on Tuesday night for their third straight series win.

The Padres have won six of seven, including series wins against Boston and Atlanta. Still, they are 36-45 and tied for last in the NL West with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Padres clinched their first winning homestand of the year, winning four of five with one game to go.

Jeff Francoeur homered and threw out a runner at home for the Royals, who have lost two straight and eight of 10.

Richard (4-9) hadn't won at Petco Park since beating Arizona on Aug. 24, two days before a 10-game losing streak helped doom the Padres' run at the NL West title. The Padres had lost his 11 home starts since Aug. 29, tied for the longest such stretch in club history. The left-hander was 0-8 in those 11 starts.

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"Baseball's a funny game that way. Sometimes it doesn't always make sense, but that's how it works," Richard said.

Including Tuesday night's game, Richard's ERA in his last 12 home starts is 2.76. He held the Royals to two runs and five hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked one.

"Well-deserved," manager Bud Black said. "He's pitched well. You look at his homework -- look at the ERA, the hits per inning pitched. The wins are going to come if he continues to pitch like that."

Heath Bell pitched the ninth for his 22nd save in 23 chances.

"He's competed hard all year," Cameron Maybin said of Richard. "Whenever we have him out there, we're confident he's going to keep guys off-balance. He did another great job tonight."

Maybin had three hits and scored twice for the Padres, who gave Richard some early run support.

Ryan Ludwick hit an RBI single in the first inning. The Royals tied it in the second when Matt Treanor singled in Francoeur, who had walked and stolen second. Earlier in his at-bat, a foul ball bounced up and hit Treanor in the face.

Maybin beat out a high chopper leading off the second and scored on Kyle Phillips' double to the gap in left-center. Richard sacrificed and Phillips scored on Will Venable's sacrifice fly for a 3-1 lead.

Francoeur threw out rookie Anthony Rizzo trying to score from second on Orlando Hudson's single to end the third. It was the 17th outfield assist at the plate for the Royals this season and their fifth in the last six games. Overall they have 31 outfield assists, tops in the majors.

They also had an error that allowed the Padres to pad their lead. Maybin singled leading off the fourth and stole second. He bluffed on Phillips' fly out to left, and Alex Gordon's high throw glanced off third baseman Wilson Betemit's glove, went between the legs of pitcher Felipe Paulino backing up the play and into the Royals' dugout, allowing Maybin to score.

Francoeur homered off Richard in the seventh, his 11th.

"We couldn't get much going with him," Royals manager Ned Yost said of Richard. "He worked quick and threw strikes. He threw a lot of cutters in on our hands that we couldn't handle."

Paulino (0-2) allowed four runs, three earned, and 11 hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked one.

Paulino ran his winless streak to 33 appearances, including 10 starts.

"I feel great," Paulino said. "I've been working so hard. I'm here to compete and the manager knows that."

Notes

Padres minor-league OF Donavan Tate has been suspended 50 games following his second positive drug test. He will be given credit for 25 games already served while undergoing counseling for substance abuse. The rest of the suspension begins immediately. The 20-year-old Tate was the third overall pick in the 2009 draft. ... The Royals are 0-5 at Petco Park, including 0-3 in 2004, the only active park in which they don't have a win.

 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

C. Getz
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
San Diego

C. Maybin
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Melky Cabrera, CF4010012 .278
Alcides Escobar, SS4000013 .245
Billy Butler, 1B4000000 .298
Alex Gordon, LF3000100 .291
Jeff Francoeur, RF3211111 .264
Wilson Betemit, 3B4010022 .285
Matt Treanor, C3011011 .216
Chris Getz, 2B3020000 .270
Felipe Paulino, P1000011 .000
   a- Mitch Maier, PH1000011 .310
    Tim Collins, P0000000 .000
Totals3026228  
a-struck out for Paulino in the 8th
Batting
HR - Jeff Francoeur (11, Richard)
SH - Felipe Paulino (3)
RBI - Jeff Francoeur (47), Matt Treanor (15)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Treanor (6)
SB - Jeff Francoeur (13, 2nd base off Richard/Phillips), Chris Getz 2 (14, 2nd base off Adams/Phillips, 3rd base off Adams/Phillips)
CS - Matt Treanor (2, 2nd base by Richard/Phillips)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jeff Francoeur 1
E - Alex Gordon (2, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felipe Paulino (L,0-6) 71143170 4.29
Tim Collins 1000000 3.76
IBB - Phillips by Felipe Paulino
Pitches-Strikes - Felipe Paulino 118-74, Tim Collins 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felipe Paulino 4-7, Tim Collins 2-1
Batters Faced - Felipe Paulino 30, Tim Collins 3
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Venable, RF3011010 .246
Jason Bartlett, SS4110010 .249
Chase Headley, 3B4020010 .303
Ryan Ludwick, LF4011020 .257
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4010012 .170
Orlando Hudson, 2B4010003 .233
Cameron Maybin, CF3230000 .262
Kyle Phillips, C2111100 .235
Clayton Richard, P2000012 .077
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
    Chris Denorfia, LF0000000 .302
Totals30411317  
Batting
2B - Anthony Rizzo (6, Paulino), Cameron Maybin (9, Paulino), Kyle Phillips (3, Paulino)
SF - Will Venable (3)
SH - Clayton Richard (3)
RBI - Will Venable (12), Ryan Ludwick (50), Kyle Phillips (9)
SB - Cameron Maybin (10, 2nd base off Paulino/Treanor)
CS - Chase Headley (2, 2nd base by Paulino/Treanor)
PK - Will Venable (1, Paulino)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Headley-Hudson-Rizzo
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clayton Richard (W,4-9) 7522151 4.09
Mike Adams (H,15) 1100020 1.24
Heath Bell (S,22) 1000110 2.45
WP - Heath Bell (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 99-71, Mike Adams 12-9, Heath Bell 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 12-2, Heath Bell 1-1
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 25, Mike Adams 4, Heath Bell 4
Game Information
Attendance - 20250
Game Time - 2:23
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor