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Richards homers, helps pitch Padres over Rockies 7-6

DENVER (AP) — Pitcher Clayton Richard's no-doubt, three-run homer that reached the second deck at Coors Field helped the San Diego Padres withstand Carlos Gonzalez's disputed home run for the Colorado Rockies.

Richard connected for his third career homer as part of a five-run fourth inning in San Diego's 7-6 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

He drove the first pitch he saw from Jon Gray (1-2) above the Rockies bullpen in right-center. Carlos Asuaje followed Richard with a home run, the second time this season the Padres have gone deep in successive at-bats.

"Clayton really got us going (offensively)," Padres manager Andy Green said. "That's not actually what you expect to happen. That ball was absolutely crushed."

Richard, who last homered Aug. 27 at Miami, said his towering home run was pretty much a stroke of good fortune.

"I got lucky. Let's be real," he said.

Richard (1-1) allowed four runs in five innings. Brad Hand struck out the side in the ninth for his third save.

Ian Desmond, Chris Iannetta and Gonzalez homered for the Rockies. Gonzalez's two-run drive came in the sixth off Jordan Lyles, pulled the Rockies within 7-6 and led to the ejection of Padres manager Andy Green.

Left fielder Cory Spangenberg made a leaping attempt at the wall and actually had the ball in his glove for an instant, even as a fan tried simultaneously to make a barehanded catch. The fan appeared to make some contact with the glove and may have even gotten a hand in the mitt before backing his hands away as Spangenberg dropped back to the ground.

Spangenberg's dangling glove hit the top of the wall and the ball bounced out, dropping into the stands. The homer was upheld on replay review, and Green was ejected after vehemently arguing over what he saw as fan interference.

"I've had calls overturned on us plenty of times when a fan's finger or hands were over the railing and they touched the player's glove or the ball and both of those things happened," Green said.

Spangenberg, with his back to the wall, played the ball well and timed his jump perfectly. He was dumbfounded when he came back down to the ground and realized the ball wasn't in his glove.

"I felt it go in my glove and as I was bringing it back I felt something un-lodge it," he said. "I went to throw it back in and I realized it wasn't there. ... From my perspective, I thought I saw and felt a hand touch the ball but I guess that's not what they saw. It was a big home run at the time but we were able to escape with a win and that's that counts."

Gonzalez said he thought the ball was going to clear the fence by a little more.

"But Spangenberg did a good job," Gonzalez said. "He was playing deep and he got to the spot quick and he made the catch. When he was coming down, it looks like on the video he dunked the ball, like that was an alley oop or something. I got lucky on that one. It really gave the team momentum but it was a tough loss."

Gray opened impressively, striking out the side in the first, but then quickly got into trouble. He gave up four singles around a double play, including Manuel Margot's RBI hit in the second, and was tagged for five runs in the fourth.

Gray, who allowed seven runs and 10 hits in five innings, said he felt he pitched pretty well overall, though he wished he could have the pitch back that he threw to Richard.

"Just a pitch up. That's all I can say," he said. "If it would've been down, it would've been fine. That's all I had to do was throw a fastball down but didn't get it there. It cost me."

Elsewhere in the majors:

— The New York Mets have reeled off a six-game winning streak to match the best nine-game start in franchise history. The Mets are a National League-best 8-1 after Noah Syndergaard allowed one earned run over six innings of a 4-2 victory at Miami. Syndergaard stranded four runners in scoring position before New York received three shutout innings from its bullpen. Closer Jeurys Familia gave up a single and double before striking out Miguel Rojas and Starlin Castro to pick up the save. The announced crowd of 7,003 was by far the smallest in the seven-season history of Marlins Park.

— The Diamondbacks earned a 2-1 win at San Francisco behind Zack Godley, who fanned nine and held the Giants to four hits and no walks in seven shutout innings. Paul Goldschmidt laced an RBI triple in a two-run first that sent Arizona to its sixth victory in seven games. The Diamondbacks' 8-2 start matches their best after 10 games.

— Max Scherzer fired a two-hitter and had his first career stolen base in leading the Nationals' 2-0 whitewash of the Braves. Scherzer struck out 10 in his fifth career shutout and ninth complete game. Howie Kendrick's two-run double in the first inning was enough offense for Washington to end a five-game losing streak and climb back to .500.

— Greg Holland made his Cardinals debut and promptly walked four batters in the 10th inning to force in the lead run in a 5-4 loss to the Brewers. Holland signed with the Redbirds on opening day after tying for the NL lead with 41 saves for Colorado last season. Orlando Arcia doubled home a run and worked out the go-ahead walk for Milwaukee.

— Pitcher Clayton Richard homered into the second deck at Coors Field and Carlos Asuaje went deep one batter later while the Padres scored five times in the fourth inning of a 7-6 win over the Rockies. Richard allowed four runs over five innings of San Diego's third win in 11 games. Carlos Gonzalez hit a disputed two-run homer to get Colorado within 7-6, leading to the ejection of Padres manager Andy Green.

— Nick Williams' pinch-hit solo homer in the eighth inning was the difference in the Phillies' 6-5 triumph over the Reds. Scott Kingery homered for the first time in his career and Rhys Hoskins also went deep for Philadelphia. The Phils squandered a 5-3 lead before winning for the third time in four games.

— Corey Kluber struck out 13 while firing two-hit ball over eight innings of the Indians' 2-0 shutout of the Tigers. Kluber gave up singles to Victor Martinez in the second and Nicholas Castellanos in the fourth while throwing 103 pitches under a gametime temperature of 33 degrees. Bradley Zimmer's two-run blast broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning.

— The Astros also earned a 2-0 win at Minnesota as Justin Verlander scattered three hits while striking out nine over seven innings. Verlander improved to 11-1 in 14 regular and postseason games since being traded to Houston last season. Carlos Correa had two hits and scored twice to help the Astros get to 9-2, matching their best 11-game start.

— Albert Pujols hit his 616th career homer and Martin Maldonado had a pair of RBI singles as the Angels slammed the Rangers, 8-3. Pujols also singled to get within 19 of 3,000 hits. The Angels have tied the best 11-game start in club history, improving to 8-3 for the first time in 31 years.

— Steve Pearce homered in a third successive game and Josh Donaldson tacked on a ninth-inning grand slam as the Blue Jays dumped the Orioles, 7-1. Pearce belted a two-run shot in the third inning against his former team. Winning pitcher J.A. Happ gave up a run and five hits while fanning nine over six innings of the Blue Jays' seventh win in nine games since an 0-2 start.

— Jakob Junis carried a no-hit bid into the seventh and ran his season-opening scoreless streak to 14 innings in the Royals' 10-0 pounding of the Mariners. Junis didn't allow a hit until Daniel Vogelbach's grounder up the middle with one out in the seventh. Kansas City scored more runs than it had in its last six games combined, with Mike Moustakas capping the assault with a homer off infielder Taylor Motter.

— The White Sox fell to 0-4 at home and 3-6 overall with a 5-4 loss to the Rays. Mallex Smith went 4-for-4 with an RBI triple as Tampa Bay ended an eight-game losing streak that followed a season-opening comeback win over the Red Sox. Smith tied a career high for hits, Joey Wendle slammed his first homer of the season and Matt Duffy delivered a pair of RBI singles to help David Archer get the victory.

— The Cubs' home opener against the Pirates was pushed back to Tuesday because of snow that covered much of Wrigley Field.

TUESDAY'S GAMES (All Times EDT)
AMERICAN LEAGUE
Tampa Bay (Snell 0-1) at Chicago White Sox (Fulmer 0-0), 2:10 p.m.
Detroit (Boyd 0-1) at Cleveland (Tomlin 0-1), 6:10 p.m.
Toronto (Sanchez 0-1) at Baltimore (Cashner 1-1), 7:05 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees (Severino 2-0) at Boston (Sale 0-0), 7:10 p.m.
L.A. Angels (Skaggs 1-0) at Texas (Perez 1-0), 8:05 p.m.
Houston (Keuchel 0-1) at Minnesota (Odorizzi 0-0), 8:10 p.m.
Seattle (Hernandez 1-1) at Kansas City (Skoglund 0-0), 8:15 p.m.
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh (Nova 0-1) at Chicago Cubs (Chatwood 0-1), 2:20 p.m.
Atlanta (Foltynewicz 1-0) at Washington (Strasburg 1-1), 7:05 p.m.
Cincinnati (Bailey 0-2) at Philadelphia (Nola 0-0), 7:05 p.m.
N.Y. Mets (deGrom 2-0) at Miami (Smith 0-1), 7:10 p.m.
Milwaukee (Suter 1-1) at St. Louis (Martinez 1-1), 8:15 p.m.
San Diego (Lucchesi 0-0) at Colorado (Anderson 0-0), 8:40 p.m.
Arizona (Corbin 2-0) at San Francisco (Beede 0-0), 10:15 p.m.
INTERLEAGUE
Oakland (Manaea 1-1) at L.A. Dodgers (Ryu 0-0), 10:10 p.m.

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