Richards (3-2) gave up just one run through seven innings, which came on a wild pitch in the fourth with a runner on third. He was then removed after giving up a two-out single in the eighth inning, and the runner would eventually score on a two-run double.
"Garrett's breaking ball is so late and sharp and when it's down it really kicks in a number of directions," manager Mike Scisocia said to the Orange County Register. "You have to battle. He's not an easy guy to catch. Carlos (Perez) did a good job on just about every one. Just one got away."
Richards owns a 2.29 ERA and 36:17 K:BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings. He's slated to face the Red Sox Friday.
Richards went 6 2/3 innings to improve to 3-1 on the season, allowing just one hit and one run during a dominant outing, as he lowered his ERA to 2.27. He carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before allowing a two-out single. The only blemish on Richards' day was four walks, which sent his pitch count to 110, and a hit batsman that drove in the Astros' only run.
"Every inning, I'm worried about throwing quality strikes, getting ahead of guys and getting guys out," Richards said to MLB.com. "For me, the more simple, the better."
Richards, who is coming off a knee injury that caused him to miss the second half of last season, has won three of his last four outings, with the other being a no-decision. He has not allowed more than one run in his last three starts.
Richards allowed a run-scoring single to Mike Zunino in the second inning for his only blemish of the evening. He yielded one run on five hits and two walks while striking out five over seven innings of work in a 5-4 walk-off victory.
Richards is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA over his last three starts. He will seek his third win of the season Sunday at home against the Astros.
Richards (2-1) has walked at least three batters in each of his three starts, but he was able to record his second straight win and quality start Thursday. He held the A's scoreless through six innings then put a man on base in the seventh before being removed, with the runner coming around to score on a home run later in the inning.
Richards owns a 3.00 ERA and 14:10 K:BB ratio in 18 innings. His next start will come Tuesday against the Mariners.
A late rally by the
Richards (1-1) opened the game with two scoreless innings before Mitch Moreland had an RBI groundout in the third inning. Prince Fielder followed with a two-out RBI single to put Texas ahead 2-0.
Richards would settle down after the Fielder RBI hit to retire the next eight batters before Fielder had another single in the sixth inning. Richards getting on track allowed Los Angeles to take a 3-2 lead in the seventh, which ended up being the final score and giving the right-hander the win.
Richards is slated to make his next start Thursday at Oakland.
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