On and on the pitches hummed here Tuesday night, the bats dragging behind nearly every plate appearance of the way. It was a sensation familiar to the Padres and a bit more foreign to the Brewers, who came in with the National League’s premier record.

More than once, the landscape threatened to shift ever so slightly at Miller Park, the Padres taking the first lead on a bunt from their starting pitcher, the Padres five times advancing a runner to second, the Padres throwing more than well enough to win, the Padres failing to maintain the lead in spite of their arms.

These were not emerging trends. Monday, following another offense-deprived loss, Chase Headley said this: “To be where we are is a testament to the way we’ve pitched. It’s frustrating, but I think everybody knows it’s gonna come. Hopefully sooner than later so you don’t go crazy.”

Twenty-four hours later, the momentous hit, the big hit, arrived off the bat of none other than the slumping third baseman himself. Headley’s 12th-inning home run gave the Padres a 2-1 lead they would preserve in their first extra-inning contest of the year.

Insanity averted.

The victory was a reminder of the constant in the Padres’ season, the pitching that helped them to their 10th win. Coming off a ruined no-hit bid, Ian Kennedy threw six innings of one-run ball before handing things off to a shutdown bullpen. Rookie Donn Roach threw two scoreless innings for his first win, and Huston Street worked the bottom of the 12th for his seventh save.

“I’m still on a high,” said Roach, the long reliever who had been sparingly used before Tuesday. “The ball Chase hit was absolutely crushed. I knew we had a really good chance with Huston coming in.”

As well, the triumph was a reminder of how fickle this sport can be, from game to game, for both good and bad.

First, the bad: The Padres Nos. 1 through 3 hitters all went 0-for-5, with a pair of strikeouts apiece. Overall, San Diego struck out 12 times.