ON THE MOUND: Garrett Richards rebounded from the worst start of his career with a superb game, giving up two runs and four hits in seven innings, striking out seven and walking one to improve to 6-4 and lower his ERA to 3.97. Richards gave up a two-run homer to Steven Souza in the second, the first homer he's ever given up on a 0-and-2 count. He retired 17 of the next 19 batters. "The biggest thing was strike one," Scioscia said. "He was in the zone early with some great stuff." Richards said he worked between starts on "sticking my landing and finishing square," and he was more aggressive Thursday, attacking the strike zone and getting ahead in counts. "I've been searching a little bit this year, maybe trying to do too much at times," said Richards, who was 2-2 with a 7.91 ERA in his previous four starts. "I'm starting to get back to a good, clean delivery that gives me a chance to throw strikes around the zone. I like the direction it's going."