Padres beat Royals as Richard breaks dubious streak

The Padres' Anthony Rizzo is tagged out at home plate by Kansas City Royals' catcher Matt Treanor during the third inning at Petco Park on Tuesday. HAYNE PALMOUR IV | hpalmour@nctimes.com

SAN DIEGO (AP) Clayton Richard won for the first time in 12 home starts since August and the San Diego Padres beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 on Tuesday night for their third straight series win. The Padres have won six of seven, including series wins against Boston and Atlanta. Jeff Francoeur homered and threw out a runner at home for the Royals, who have lost two straight and eight of 10. Richard (4-9) hadn’t won at Petco Park since beating Arizona on Aug. 24. The Padres had lost his 11 home starts since Aug. 29, tied for the longest such stretch in club history. The left-hander was 0-8 in those 11 starts. Richard held the Royals to two runs and five hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked one. Heath Bell pitched the ninth for his 22nd save in 23 chances.