Richard tosses 5-hit shutout vs. Cubs

August, 8, 2012
8/08/12
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By Associated Press
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SAN DIEGO -- Clayton Richard threw a five-hitter and the San Diego Padres swept the Chicago Cubs with a 2-0 win on Wednesday.

Richard (9-11), coming off one of his better starts of the season, held the Cubs to five singles and pitched out of trouble three times to hand Chicago its eighth straight loss.

Richard struck out five, walked one and hit a batter as the Cubs had a runner reach third base three times.

Chicago scored four runs -- all in Tuesday night's 7-4 loss -- and had 15 hits in the three-game series.

San Diego's runs came on Will Venable's RBI double in the second inning and Yonder Alonso's run-scoring single in the eighth.

Richard has three career complete games and two shutouts.

Jeff Samardzija (7-10) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings. He struck out five and walked two.

In his last start, Richard gave up one run and scattered eight hits over seven innings in Friday's 3-1 win over the New York Mets.

San Diego scored the game's first run when Chase Headley led off the second with a double and scored one out later on Venable's double.

Chris Denorfia doubled with two outs in the ninth and went to third on first baseman Anthony Rizzo's error before Alonso blooped a single to left.

Chicago's Starlin Castro singled in the sixth to snap an 0-for-19 drought. Castro's single sent Alfonso Soriano to third after he was hit by a pitch with two outs and stole second. But Wellington Castillo grounded out to end the inning.

Samardzija struck out swinging to end the seventh inning and snapped his bat in two over his right leg.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Anthony Rizzo
BA HR RBI R
.283 25 55 67
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Rizzo 25
RBIA. Rizzo 55
RA. Rizzo 67
OPSA. Rizzo .924
WJ. Hammel 8
ERAJ. Samardzija 2.83
SOJ. Hammel 104