A distinct flavor has permeated the Padres’ clubhouse in recent days. It can be heard among teammates bonded by the universal language of baseball. It can be seen among baseball players with a shared flair for the game.

Tuesday, it was visible at nearly every quadrant of the Petco Park field. For the first time in franchise history, seven of the Padres’ starting nine were of Latin American heritage, hailing from various corners of an increasingly recruited subregion. The Padres, now under the direction of international maven A.J. Preller, would lose Cuban-born first baseman Yonder Alonso to a right forearm strain, but they would win their fourth consecutive contest, their latest a 4-1 victory over the last-place Rockies.

“You can tell we’ve got a little energy going right now,” said Tommy Medica, who started in left field before replacing Alonso at first. “We’ve got a bunch of young guys up. It’s been fun to watch the last couple weeks, so we’ll try to keep that rolling.”

The Padres needed just six hits, all singles, to improve to 56-62, including 15-8 since the all-star break. They have pulled to within six games in the wild-card standings, and whispers of what remains improbable will only gain volume if the Padres seal the sweep on Wednesday.

At the top of Monday’s order was Yangervis Solarte, a Venezuelan rookie who had delivered the winning blow the night before. At the bottom was Odrisamer Despaigne, in the midst of his first season stateside. At 27, the right-hander was the oldest member of a lineup that featured, besides him, two other players born in Cuba, two born in Venezuela and two born in the Dominican Republic.