Richard's 5-hitter carries Padres to 5-1 win over Arizona

SAN DIEGO (AP) Blown out in their previous two games and losers of five straight overall, the rebuilding San Diego Padres desperately needed a strong performance from Clayton Richard.

The 33-year-old lefty came through with one of the best outings of his career, a five-hitter that helped the Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 on Sunday.

''It was a big lift for what we've been through the last number of days,'' manager Andy Green said.

Richard (3-5) struck out six and walked none in his fourth career complete game. He matched the career-best five-hitter he threw on Aug. 8, 2012, at the Chicago Cubs.

Richard also had an RBI single during a three-run rally off Zack Godley (1-1) in the fifth inning that was cut short due to fan interference.

The stellar performance came after Jered Weaver was knocked out in the first inning of Friday night's 10-1 loss and Luis Perdomo failed to get an out in the fourth inning of a 9-1 defeat Saturday night.

Richard said he wanted to give the bullpen a break.

''There was a little bit more importance with it today, with how the last couple of days have gone,'' he said. ''We wanted to be out there as long as we could to give them a little breather.''

The big lefty lasted only 3 2/3 innings the last time he faced the Diamondbacks, a 9-3 loss at Arizona on April 25.

''We knew we had to change something up,'' said Richard, who added that he didn't shake off catcher Austin Hedges at all. ''I think just command of all the pitches around the zone. Not necessarily one that stuck out, but being able to do it in and out, up and down, that made a big difference.''

It was his first complete game since his career was derailed by shoulder surgery while he was with the Padres in 2013.

''Kudos to him,'' Godley said. ''He went nine with one run. It's hard to compete with that no matter what you do. You've got to match him pitch for pitch and sometimes you don't do that.''

Richard made it back to the big leagues with the Chicago Cubs in 2015 and last year before being released on Aug. 3. He rejoined the Padres a few days later.

Throwing a complete game ''is a lot of fun,'' he said. ''That's why we play the game, to have moments like these where you win and you're able to help your team out.''

During Richard's climb back to the majors, he played for Green with Double-A Mobile in 2014.

''You pull for a guy that's as quality of an individual as he is,'' Green said. ''To have those moments, you know they're coming because you know what kind of guy he is, but it's still fun to see it and great to see him go out and get it done.''

Green said Richard is unquestionably the team's leader.

''If you have a leadership role, you want to produce on the field. That makes a big difference,'' Richard said.

Richard's only costly mistake was allowing Chris Iannetta's home run with one out in the third. It was Iannetta's first swing since he was reinstated from the seven-day concussion disabled list. Iannetta had been sidelined since last weekend after being struck in the face by a pitch.

With three runs in, two outs and the bases loaded in the Padres fifth, a fan reached over the fence in the right-field corner and caught Wil Myers' long foul ball. Myers was ruled out. Green challenged, but the call was upheld after review.

Ryan Schimpf hit a leadoff homer to start the rally, his 10th. Another run scored on an error by center fielder Gregor Blanco on Hedges' single.

The Padres, who entered with the worst record in baseball, had more hits (six) and runs in the fifth inning than they did on Friday and Saturday combined. They managed only four hits in each of those games.

Godley gave up three runs and eight hits in seven innings.

''I thought Zack was in control of each one of his innings,'' manager Torey Lovullo said. ''He gave us a chance. It was just more about Clayton Richard today.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: Reinstated LHP T.J. McFarland from the 10-day disabled list (left ankle bruise) and placed RHP Taijuan Walker on the 10-day DL, retroactive to Saturday, with a blister on his right index finger.

Padres: Transferred RHP Carter Capps to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster for INF Chase d'Arnaud, claimed off waivers from the Boston Red Sox. Capps is still recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery that sidelined him all last season.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke (5-2, 3.09 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game home series against the Chicago White Sox, who counter with RHP Miguel Gonzalez (3-4, 4.29) on Monday night.

Padres: After a day off, RHP Jhoulys Chacin (4-3, 4.61) is scheduled to start Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game road series against RHP Matt Harvey (2-3, 5.66) and the New York Mets.

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PadresSD16-30
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  • W: C. Richard (3-5)L: Z. Godley (1-1)
  • HR: ARI - C. Iannetta (4), SD - R. Schimpf (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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N. Ahmed SS40100000.255.300.426.7261.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B40100001.310.447.5631.0101.0
C. Owings RF40000001.323.355.487.8430.0
Y. Tomas LF40100011.252.309.504.8130.5
B. Drury 2B30000011.295.335.473.808-0.5
J. Lamb 3B30000021.288.385.558.942-1.0
C. Iannetta C31111011.226.294.435.7305.5
Z. Godley P20000000.125.222.125.3470.0
a- D. Peralta PH10100000.324.372.493.8641.0
T. McFarland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-singled for Godley in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Margot CF40000012.264.311.399.710-0.5
A. Cordoba LF41200001.292.352.462.8143.0
W. Myers 1B21000203.278.323.539.8623.0
R. Schimpf 3B31111000.165.303.417.7217.0
H. Renfroe RF41310000.218.275.412.6876.0
C. Spangenberg 2B30010002.250.272.307.5791.0
A. Hedges C41100012.215.272.430.7021.5
E. Aybar SS30100000.211.293.338.6322.0
C. Richard P30110000.235.278.235.5132.0
    BATTING
    • HR - C. Iannetta (4)
    • RBI - C. Iannetta (7)
    BATTING
    • 2B - H. Renfroe (8), E. Aybar (5)
    • HR - R. Schimpf (10)
    • SF - C. Spangenberg
    • RBI - R. Schimpf (20), H. Renfroe (19), C. Spangenberg (5), C. Richard
    BASERUNNING
    • Picked Off - W. Myers
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - C. Owings
    • DP - B. Drury, N. Ahmed, P. Goldschmidt
    • E - N. Ahmed (2), G. Blanco (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Z. Godley (L, 1-1)7.08331112.451.297.5
    T. McFarland1.01201101.352.001.5
    PITCHERSIP
    Z. Godley (L, 1-1)7.0
    T. McFarland1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Richard (W, 3-5)9.05110614.310.5634.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Richard (W, 3-5)9.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - T. McFarland
    • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Godley 89-60, T. McFarland 28-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Godley 10-7, T. McFarland 2-1
    • Batters Faced - Z. Godley 27, T. McFarland 7
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Richard (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Richard 96-65
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Richard 10-11
    • Batters Faced - C. Richard 32
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    PadresSD16-30
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Blanco CF40000011.207.281.207.488-0.5
    N. Ahmed SS40100000.255.300.426.7261.0
    P. Goldschmidt 1B40100001.310.447.5631.0101.0
    C. Owings RF40000001.323.355.487.8430.0
    Y. Tomas LF40100011.252.309.504.8130.5
    B. Drury 2B30000011.295.335.473.808-0.5
    J. Lamb 3B30000021.288.385.558.942-1.0
    C. Iannetta C31111011.226.294.435.7305.5
    Z. Godley P20000000.125.222.125.3470.0
    a- D. Peralta PH10100000.324.372.493.8641.0
    T. McFarland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Total321511067-----
    • a-singled for Godley in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Margot CF40000012.264.311.399.710-0.5
    A. Cordoba LF41200001.292.352.462.8143.0
    W. Myers 1B21000203.278.323.539.8623.0
    R. Schimpf 3B31111000.165.303.417.7217.0
    H. Renfroe RF41310000.218.275.412.6876.0
    C. Spangenberg 2B30010002.250.272.307.5791.0
    A. Hedges C41100012.215.272.430.7021.5
    E. Aybar SS30100000.211.293.338.6322.0
    C. Richard P30110000.235.278.235.5132.0
    Total3059412210-----
      BATTING
      • HR - C. Iannetta (4)
      • RBI - C. Iannetta (7)
      BATTING
      • 2B - H. Renfroe (8), E. Aybar (5)
      • HR - R. Schimpf (10)
      • SF - C. Spangenberg
      • RBI - R. Schimpf (20), H. Renfroe (19), C. Spangenberg (5), C. Richard
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - W. Myers
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - C. Owings
      • DP - B. Drury, N. Ahmed, P. Goldschmidt
      • E - N. Ahmed (2), G. Blanco (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Godley (L, 1-1)7.08331112.451.297.5
      T. McFarland1.01201101.352.001.5
      Total8.0953221---
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Godley (L, 1-1)7.0
      T. McFarland1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Richard (W, 3-5)9.05110614.310.5634.0
      Total9.0511061---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Richard (W, 3-5)9.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - T. McFarland
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Godley 89-60, T. McFarland 28-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Godley 10-7, T. McFarland 2-1
      • Batters Faced - Z. Godley 27, T. McFarland 7
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Richard (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Richard 96-65
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Richard 10-11
      • Batters Faced - C. Richard 32
      • 8TH INNING
        Spangenberg hit sacrifice fly to center, Myers scored, Schimpf to third15
        Renfroe reached on an infield single to pitcher, Cordoba scored, Myers to third, Schimpf to second14
      • 5TH INNING
        Richard singled to right center, Hedges scored, Aybar to third13
        Hedges singled to center, Renfroe scored on right fielder Blanco fielding error12
        Schimpf homered to right11
      • 3RD INNING
        Iannetta homered to right center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • N. Ahmed: Ahmed lined out to center
        • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt singled to left center
        • C. Owings: Ball, Ball, Owings reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Goldschmidt out at second
        • Y. Tomas: Tomas reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Owings out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • J. Lamb: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lamb struck out swinging
        • C. Iannetta: Iannetta lined out to right
        • D. Peralta: Ball, Peralta singled to left
        • G. Blanco: Ball, Peralta to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Blanco grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. McFarland Pitching:
        • M. Margot: Ball, Margot safe at first on shortstop Ahmed fielding error
        • A. Cordoba: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Cordoba reached on fielder's choice to third, Margot out at second
        • W. Myers: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Myers walked, Cordoba to second
        • R. Schimpf: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Schimpf hit by pitch, Cordoba to third, Myers to second
        • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Renfroe reached on an infield single to pitcher, Cordoba scored, Myers to third, Schimpf to second
        • C. Spangenberg: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Spangenberg hit sacrifice fly to center, Myers scored, Schimpf to third
        • A. Hedges: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hedges struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • C. Owings: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Owings grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Tomas: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Tomas struck out swinging
        • B. Drury: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Drury struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Godley Pitching:
        • A. Hedges: Hedges grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • E. Aybar: Aybar grounded bunt out to catcher
        • C. Richard: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Richard grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • Z. Godley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Godley grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Blanco struck out swinging
        • N. Ahmed: Ball, Ball, Ahmed reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Goldschmidt lined out to left
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Godley Pitching:
        • R. Schimpf: Schimpf popped out to second
        • H. Renfroe: Ball, Ball, Renfroe singled to left
        • C. Spangenberg: Spangenberg grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Renfroe out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • Y. Tomas: Tomas singled to center
        • B. Drury: Drury lined out to second
        • J. Lamb: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Lamb struck out swinging
        • C. Iannetta: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Iannetta struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Godley Pitching:
        • R. Schimpf: Strike looking, Ball, Schimpf homered to right
        • H. Renfroe: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Renfroe doubled to deep right center
        • C. Spangenberg: Foul, Ball, Spangenberg grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Hedges: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Hedges singled to center, Renfroe scored on right fielder Blanco fielding error
        • E. Aybar: Strike looking, Aybar doubled to deep right, Hedges to third
        • C. Richard: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Richard singled to right center, Hedges scored, Aybar to third
        • M. Margot: Margot reached on fielder's choice to catcher, Aybar out at home, Richard to second
        • A. Cordoba: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cordoba reached on an infield single to shortstop, Richard to third, Margot to second
        • W. Myers: Foul, Myers fouled out to right
        • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 6 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • N. Ahmed: Ahmed lined out to center
        • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Goldschmidt grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Owings: Strike swinging, Ball, Owings grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Godley Pitching:
        • M. Margot: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Margot struck out swinging
        • A. Cordoba: Strike swinging, Cordoba singled to right, Cordoba out at second
        • W. Myers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Myers walked
        • R. Schimpf: Foul, Ball, Ball, Myers picked off at first, pitcher to first
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • J. Lamb: Strike looking, Lamb grounded out to first
        • C. Iannetta: Iannetta homered to right center
        • Z. Godley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Godley grounded out to first
        • G. Blanco: Blanco popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Godley Pitching:
        • A. Hedges: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Hedges grounded out to second
        • E. Aybar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Aybar grounded out to second
        • C. Richard: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Richard grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • C. Owings: Strike looking, Owings flied out to center
        • Y. Tomas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Tomas flied out to right
        • B. Drury: Ball, Strike looking, Drury lined out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Godley Pitching:
        • R. Schimpf: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Schimpf lined out to center
        • H. Renfroe: Foul, Renfroe flied out to deep center
        • C. Spangenberg: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Spangenberg lined out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Richard Pitching:
        • G. Blanco: Ball, Strike looking, Blanco grounded out to second
        • N. Ahmed: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ahmed lined out to right
        • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Godley Pitching:
        • M. Margot: Ball, Margot grounded out to third
        • A. Cordoba: Foul, Cordoba lined out to center
        • W. Myers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Myers flied out to right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)