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CHC@SD: Richard hurls a five-hit shutout

Despite an uncharacteristically bad performance in his last start, Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong doesn't seem worried moving forward.

On Sunday, Vogelsong will get a chance to get back on track when he starts the series finale against the Padres at Petco Park.

In Monday's 14-2 loss against the Nationals, Vogelsong lasted less than six innings for the first time since Sept. 21, 2011, snapping a streak of 22 straight starts. He allowed eight runs on nine hits in 2 2/3 innings en route to his sixth defeat.

"Obviously, you don't want it to happen," Vogelsong said of his last outing. "But it's not a game I have to try to reinvent the wheel after. I just needed one ball to be inches to the left or right and be a double play and I get out of it."

Vogelsong will be opposed Sunday by San Diego southpaw Clayton Richard, who will try to help the Padres snap their five-game losing streak. Richard is 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA in his last three starts at Petco Park but has struggled against the Giants this season, posting an 0-3 record with a 7.64 ERA in three starts.

The Padres have been outscored 36-9 over their last five games. And with their starting pitching in a recent rut, they would certainly welcome a good start from Richard.

"Over 162 games, six months, you're going to have stretches where these things happen," Padres manager Bud Black said of his club's starting pitching woes. "You try everything you can between starts for the starters to try to get them out of a funk, but you realize that these things do happen over the course of a season. ... But we need a couple good outings."

Giants: Posey stays hot in Saturday's win
All-Star catcher Buster Posey continues to rack up the hits.

In Saturday night's 8-7 win over the Padres, Posey went 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored. In 32 games since the All-Star break, Posey is 50-for-114 with nine homers, 10 doubles and 34 RBIs.

Entering Saturday's games, his post-All-Star-break .427 average, .511 on-base percentage and .755 slugging percentage led all of Major League Baseball.

Padres: Ohlendorf demoted to Triple-A
Right-hander Ross Ohlendorf was optioned to Triple-A Tucson on Saturday, one day after allowing eight runs on six hits in just 2 1/3 innings against the Giants. Over his last four starts, Ohlendorf (4-4, 7.58) was 1-3 with a 14.54 ERA in just 13 innings.

Right-handed reliever Nick Vincent was recalled from Triple-A to fill Ohlendorf's spot on the active roster, giving the Padres eight relievers for the time being. Black has yet to announce Ohlendorf's replacement in the starting rotation.

Said Black of Ohlendorf's struggles: "It wasn't anything in particular. Just the ball not really driven down in the zone, ball trying to get on the corner just didn't get there. When he's missing a lot of deep counts ... that makes it awful hard."

Worth noting
• San Diego's Everth Cabrera's 20 stolen bases are the most for any Major Leaguer who hasn't been caught this season. He is 20-for-20 and was 15-for-15 in Triple-A this year.

• The Giants have won five of their last seven games. Comments