Richards allowed four runs on 11 hits and two walks while striking out three over 5.1 innings in a no-decision Friday against Toronto. The Blue Jays hit 12 balls at greater than 100 mph exit velocity off Richards, who allowed a season-high 13 baserunners in the contest. The right-hander has not won a game since May 19, a four-start span in which he's given up 29 hits and 12 walks over 22 innings. His next start is scheduled for Wednesday on the road in Atlanta.
Richards didn't factor into the decision during Sunday's 6-5 win over the Yankees, pitching five innings and allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Richards settled down after an eventful first inning that saw him surrender four hits and two runs to only allow one more run over the next four innings. He departed down 3-1 but Boston mounted a comeback and the game eventually went to extra innings. Richards has now allowed three earned runs or less in five consecutive starts and owns a 3.88 ERA.
Richards (4-4) was tagged with the loss against Houston on Tuesday despite allowing only two runs on four hits and four walks over six innings. He struck out five. Richards notched his fourth quality start of the campaign in the contest, but Boston's quiet offense saddled the veteran right-hander with the loss. He did issue four walks for the third straight game, but none of those issued free passes came around to score. It's rarely helpful to walk batters, but Richards has managed a reasonable 3.44 ERA over the three-game stretch despite an unattractive 14:12 K:BB. His next start is currently slated to come against the rival Yankees this weekend.
Richards (4-3) was beaten by Atlanta on Tuesday, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out four over 5.2 innings. Richards didn't have his best stuff -- 59 strikes among 97 pitches -- but he battled to keep the Red Sox in the game. The issue wasn't Richards; it was Boston's offense. The team had Charlie Morton on the ropes early but failed to take advantage. After Xander Bogaerts' two-out single in the third, the veteran right-hander mowed down the last 13 batters faced and 17-of-18 overall, sticking Boston and Richards with the loss. Richards' next spin through the rotation comes due Monday on the road against Houston.
Richards (4-2) allowed two runs on seven hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 6.2 innings to earn the win Wednesday versus Toronto. The right-hander gave up an RBI double to Vladimir Guerrero in the first inning and was charged with one of the runs on a two-run blast by Marcus Semien in the seventh. Richards has collected wins in four of his last five starts, and he's given up just eight runs in his last 31.2 innings. For the year, he's posted a 3.72 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 43:22 K:BB in 48.1 innings. He's still giving up too many baserunners to be considered dominant. The 32-year-old's next start is expected to come next week versus Atlanta.
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