Richard’s 5-hitter gives Padres 2-0 win over Cubs
Cubs scored four runs in three game series
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 ninth.
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.