PHOENIX (AP) - Wade Miley shook off a shaky first inning to give his team a chance.
Had his teammates given him even a little bit of support, the left-hander would have kept his undefeated home streak alive.
Miley pitched seven effective innings after his rough start, but Arizona's offense stagnated against Robbie Erlin and San Diego's bullpen in a 5-1 loss to the Padres on Wednesday night.
``We had some opportunities, but were unable to get the big hit, extra-base hit when we needed it,' Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said.
The Padres certainly did. Particularly Will Venable.
He's has been on a tear since August started, putting together a 15-game hitting streak and a current run of eight straight games.
Against the Diamondbacks, he hit a run-scoring single off Miley (9-9) in the first inning and later scored on Jesus Guzman's run-scoring single. With the game still close in the eighth, Venable helped give the padding San Diego needed, lifting a two-run homer off Heath Bell to become the first Padres outfielder to hit 20 homers in a season since Mike Cameron in 2007.
``Will's doing a good job of capitalizing on the high breaking ball, the mistake breaking ball, he's not missing it,' Padres manager Bud Black said.
Guzman also hit a solo homer and Erlin (2-2) was sharp in his return to the majors, holding Arizona to a run and six hits.
Miley was effective after his early troubles, but the Diamondbacks gave him little support, stranding 10 runners while going 1-for 8 with runners in scoring position.
Willie Bloomquist had three hits, drove in a run and made some tough plays at shortstop in his first game off the disabled list for Arizona, which had its five-game home winning streak end.
``Erlin threw the ball pretty well tonight,' said Miley, who lost for the first time in seven home starts. ``He kept us off balance and had his stuff working.'
The series finale was relatively quiet after Tuesday's wild game of lead changes, hits (26) and lineup shuffling, including a major league-record five different third basemen used by the Padres.
Erlin had a lot to do with it after being called up to take the rotation spot of Edinson Volquez, who was designated for assignment on Saturday.
The young left-hander got himself into a little trouble in the sixth, when he walked Eric Chavez with two outs and gave up a single to Aaron Hill. Bloomquist, who had been out since being hit on the left hand by a pitch on July 26, followed with a single to right to cut San Diego's lead to 2-1
Erlin escaped more trouble in the inning to win for the first time since beating Toronto on July 1.
``I really just try to keep it simple, throw strikes,' Erlin said. ``It just comes down to executing. Executing gets outs.'
Miley has been good since the start of July, going 5-1 with a 2.26 ERA in 10 starts. He wasn't particularly fortunate over his previous three starts, earning three straight no-decisions despite allowing seven earned runs in 21 innings.
Miley's tough luck continued.
He struggled early against the Padres, giving up a leadoff single to Chris Denorfia, a run-scoring double to Venable and a run-scoring single to Guzman to fall behind 2-0 in the first inning.
The left-hander worked through three baserunners in the second inning before settling into a rhythm. He allowed two runs on seven hits and walked five in seven innings.
``I thought I made some pretty good pitches in the first inning,' Miley said. ``They did a pretty good job of putting some balls in play and hitting the ball hard. That's the way it goes.'
NOTES: Diamondbacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt was given the night off after 47 straight starts. ... Arizona RHP Will Harris, outfielder/baserunning coordinator Joel Youngblood and Padres OF Carlos Quentin all shared a birthday on Wednesday. Quentin, on the DL since Aug. 10, will have surgery on his right knee and is done for the season. ... Arizona has Thursday off before opening a three-game series at San Francisco. RHP Randall Delgado, who will start the opener, is 3-1 with a 3.83 ERA his last seven starts.
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