Over the past 30 days, the Padres had cratered lower and lower, their batting average plunging to historically ugly depths, their season lurching toward wholesale change. June was gruesome for a franchise that had experienced prolonged droughts before, but nothing as brutal as an 83-percent failure rate.

The calendar turned to Tuesday, and on a rub-your-eyes type of evening, the Padres succeeded with remarkable frequency. Their series-opening offensive against the Reds began with Seth Smith’s leadoff home run and continued with a parade of well-struck drives, the eventual sum an 8-2 walloping at Petco Park.

The Padres won their third straight game. The method provided a marked contrast.

On Monday, the Padres emerged with the victory despite being one-hit, the club’s second such rarity in June. On July 1, the Padres collected their 10th hit in the fifth inning. They would pile on six more, finishing with a season-high.

“We’ve got to try to get that feeling back, we really do. It can happen where you gain that confidence,” said Bud Black, the manager of what has been baseball’s most offense-deprived club. “It takes a number of games, a number of at-bats and guys getting a number of hits to get it. It doesn’t just happen in one game, but that was a good sign tonight.”

Thirty days before the non-waiver trade deadline, several of San Diego’s most-discussed players delivered.

Smith turned on the third pitch of the night, drilling Mike Leake’s 0-2 fastball over the right-field fence. He would finish a triple shy of the cycle, prolonging his reign over the game’s most formidable environment.