MLB: San Diego 2, Chicago Cubs 0

Aug. 8, 2012 at 9:16 PM

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Clayton Richard fired a five-hit shutout Wednesday and the San Diego Padres completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs with a 2-0 victory.

Richard (9-11) yielded a pair of walks and struck out five, pinpointing 71 of his 110 pitches for strikes. The right-hander recorded his second career shutout and first since 2010.

Will Venable's RBI double gave the Padres a 1-0 lead in the second inning and Yonder Alonso added an insurance run with a run-scoring single in the eighth.

The win gave San Diego a 5-1 homestead and its first home sweep of the season.

Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija (7-10) was the loser despite giving up just one run on four hits and two walks through seven frames. He struck out six.

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