Padres starter Clayton Richard once again had trouble keeping baseballs in the ballpark.
The 2012 National League leader in home runs allowed (31) gave up back to back shots in the second inning. Scott Hairston and Cody Ransom's blasts made it 3-0 Chicago.
Ransom's sixth inning RBI single off Richard broke a 3-3 tie. It would be the last batter the veteran lefty would face. Richard (0-3) didn't get out of the sixth, but it was an improvement on his last start when Richard failed to make it to the third inning in a loss to the Brewers on April 23rd.
Despite Richard's woes the Padres still had their chances. Down two runs in the seventh, a rally was squashed in the seventh when both Yonder Alonzo and Jedd Gyorko failed to get hits with the bases loaded.
Cubs reliever Michael Bowden got the win. The two teams play the second of their four game series Tuesday evening at Wrigley Field.