"I think we established that we were going to be in the zone," Richard said. "When our offense jumps out to that type of lead, it's a huge help. You don't have to be as fine. You give up a homer on a first pitch, it's one run. You still have a two-run lead. So, being able to just attack the zone early in the count really helps."
Richard said it was important to go deep into the game because Saturday night's game went 13 innings before the Padres won 2-1.