PITTSBURGH (AP) – Clayton Richard allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings, Christian Villanueva homered and drove in two runs, and the San Diego Padres beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 on Saturday night.
Richard (3-5) pitched into the eighth inning for a third straight start after allowing a combined five runs and 12 hits in his previous two. The left-hander gave up seven hits with two strikeouts, and had 65 strikes on 84 pitches.
Jose Pirela also had two RBIs for the Padres, who have won two straight games and three of their past four. Villanueva’s 11th home run gave San Diego a 4-0 lead with two outs in the eighth inning.
The Pirates lost a second straight game after winning eight of their previous nine.
Rookie right-hander Nick Kingham (2-1) gave up three runs on five hits for the first loss of his major league career. He retired the first 23 batters of his debut against the Cardinals on April 29 before allowing four runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings in a 6-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on May 4.
A walk to Eric Hosmer followed by three consecutive doubles gave the Padres a 3-0 lead with one out in the first inning. Franchy Cordero doubled down the right-field line before Pirela drove in two runs with a double down the opposite line, and Villanueva hit the third double to score Pirela from second.
Jordy Mercer, who went 3 for 3, drove in Pittsburgh’s first run with a single to center that scored David Freese with one out in the eighth. Richard left the game after allowing another single to Elias Diaz before Craig Stammen allowed Sean Rodriguez’s double, which made it 4-2.
With runners at second and third, Jose Osuna struck out and Francisco Cervelli flew out to end the inning.
Raffy Lopez hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Manuel Margot, before pinch-hitter Cory Spangenberg homered with one out in the ninth to extend the lead to 6-2.
Padres: 3B Chase Headley cleared waivers and was released Saturday. He hit .115 in 60 plate appearances with San Diego this season.
Pirates: Kingham was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday. IF Max Moroff was optioned to make room for Kingham on the 25-man roster.
Pirates: Cervelli returned to the lineup after being given a day off Friday. He was hit by a pitch in his right forearm Tuesday before missing Pittsburgh’s game against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday and playing against San Diego on Thursday.
Padres: RHP Jordan Lyles (1-1, 2.53) will close out the series against the Pirates on Sunday. He has allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits with 16 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings through his two starts this season.
Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (5-2, 2.72) will look to win a second straight start when he takes the mound against the Padres on Sunday. In his last start, Williams allowed six hits in seven innings of a 7-0 win against the White Sox on Tuesday.
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