Will Venable hit his first career homer and the San Diego Padres beat Milwaukee 5-2 on Thursday night, handing the slumping Brewers their fourth straight loss.
Nick Hundley and Luis Rodriguez each drove in two runs for San Diego, which had lost nine straight on the road and entered with the fewest wins in the majors.
The Brewers' wild-card lead was trimmed to four games over Philadelphia, and they fell five games behind NL Central-leading Chicago with 22 games left.
Fresh off being swept by the New York Mets, Milwaukee fell to 0-4 on a 10-game homestand.
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