Clayton Richard pitched eight sparkling innings, Cameron Maybin drove in three runs and the San Diego Padres snapped a five-game losing streak with a 7-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
The Giants dropped out of first in the NL West and trail the Dodgers by a half-game heading into their big three-game series in Los Angeles. Madison Bumgarner is scheduled to face Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in the opener on Monday night.
Richard (10-12) allowed an unearned run and five hits while improving to 3-1 with a 2.02 ERA in his last five starts. The left-hander was 0-3 with a 7.64 ERA in his three previous starts against San Francisco this season.
Maybin tied his career high with four hits, including a two-run single in the first inning when the Padres scored three times against Ryan Vogelsong (10-7). Everth Cabrera and Will Venable had three hits apiece and San Diego finished with 16 overall while avoiding matching its longest losing streak of the season.
San Francisco had ...