The streak continues, the Padres are now two games over .500 and the bullpen worked overtime again in a 5-3 win Monday over the San Francisco Giants.

The Good:

Venable and the Pen. At six wins coming into the game, the Padres’ winning streak looked like it was coming to an end when Juan Perez blasted a drive deep to straight away center with two outs and a runner on second in the 12th inning. But Will Venable sprinted straight back and made a diving catch over his head to send the game to the 13th inning (look for the highlight on ESPN), where Huston Street stranded a runner at second base to lock down his 14th save. All told, the bullpen combined for eight scoreless innings. Tim Stauffer and Nick Vincent each threw two shutout innings and Street, Joe Thatcher, Luke Gregerson and Dale Thayer each threw a scoreless frame to send the Padres two games over .500 and into third place in the NL West. Venable’s catch, meanwhile, made up for a 1-for-7 day at the plate.

Not awful. OK, Edinson Volquez’s start wasn’t exactly quality, but it wasn’t god awful, either, and that’s good news for a right-hander who has been hard to peg in 2013. Volquez allowed three runs on six hits and one walk – yes, you read that right – over five innings. He struck out six, threw 61 of his 89 pitches for strikes and had the Padres in the ballgame. Despite coming off his best game of the year, Volquez entered the game with a bloated 5.87 ERA, so if Monday’s start wasn’t a step forward, it at least wasn’t a step in the wrong direction.

The Bad:

Wasted chances. The Padres played 13 innings because they didn’t get timely hits throughout Monday’s opener in San Francisco. They stranded 17 runners and went 4-for-22 with runners in scoring position, although pinch-hitter Andrew Cashner (more on this later) provided the tiebreaking hit on a run-scoring bunt single in the 13th inning.