For years, Will Venable has searched for ways to pull himself out of the slow starts that have weighed on him like an anchor in the early months of a season. One truth learned along the way stands above others.

“You can’t force it,” Venable said after collecting his first four-hit game of the year Saturday in a 4-2 win over the White Sox. “We all have the things that we know in the past has put us in good positions to be successful. You just do them over and over again.

“For me, sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t. Without overanalyzing the past too much, I think it’s just important to know who you are and trust it.”

He did that on Saturday, filling up the box score with two doubles, two singles, two RBIs, a run scored and a stolen base, that latter coming after his fourth hit raised his average to .213.

Some three hours earlier, that number stood at .194, where it had hovered for well over a month before Venable checked in with his first three-plus-hit effort of the season. He accomplished that feat nine times last year en route to a second-half surge that ended with Venable sitting on a career-high 22 homers.

“Everybody works so hard to help the team win that you feel sometimes like you’re not pulling your weight, so to speak,” Venable said. “ … It’s nice to have a good game and nice to get a win. We’ll go for the series sweep tomorrow.”

Astonishingly, it would be their first of the season.

To get it, they’ll have to go through White Sox ace Chris Sale (4-0, 1.73 ERA), although the Padres have some momentum on their side after moving to 20-4 when scoring at least four runs in a game, which they’ve done their first two games here at U.S. Cellular Field.

They got there on Saturday with a 10-hit showing, led by four from Venable, a pair of doubles from Rene Rivera and two hits from Everth Cabrera to back another blue-collar effort from Tyson Ross (6-4) on the mound.