Richard sets down 18 of 21 in Padres’ 6-2 win over Giants

Eric Hosmer’s first single barely stayed fair and never made it past third base. His second was a little crisper and gave the Padres a little cushion in the ninth inning.

It also assured Clayton Richard’s career-best winning streak stayed intact.

Hosmer reached base three times, Richard pitched three-hit ball over six innings for his fourth consecutive win and San Diego beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Friday night.

The Padres were clinging to a 3-2 lead in the ninth before scoring three times. Hosmer’s two-run single to left off Will Smith was the pivotal blow and came after the Giants intentionally walked Wil Myers.

I don’t think he likes having the guy in front of him intentionally walked, Padres manager Andy Green said. He’s got way too much pride for that to happen. It was a great at-bat. We needed those two insurance runs.

Gorkys Hernandez doubled twice off Richard.

We just couldn’t do much offensively, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. We hit a lot of ground balls off of Richard. That’s what he induces with that sinker and we just couldn’t get much going offensively.

The Mets have dealt with injuries throughout the season. They placed ace Noah Syndergaard on the disabled list Tuesday with a strained ligament in his finger. Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, third baseman Todd Frazier and infielder Wilmer Flores are all also currently on the DL.

The Mets opened 2017-18 with 11 wins in their first 12 games but have struggled since. They entered their game against the Braves with a 26-25 record.

Don’t doubt him, according to Grenier, a first-round pick of the Baltimore Orioles.

He plays a lot bigger than he is, Grenier said. I’m probably one of Nick’s biggest fans. Every time I see the dude, I’m thinking, ‘You gotta be kidding.’ If people are going to write him off, that’s a mistake. He can hit home runs, double and triples.

That’s the last thing he’s ever going to use as an excuse — being shorter.

Madrigal is estimated to receive a $6.4 million signing bonus, based on the slot value assigned to his position in the draft.

Nevertheless, Madrigal said, he’s concentrating entirely on his remaining work here as an amateur.

With how much I’ve put into this program, it wouldn’t be right to focus on myself, Madrigal said. It’s easy for me to say that I can put all my attention in this team and these guys, just because of how much I care about them.

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