Previously struggling right-hander Edinson Volquez blanked Milwaukee on five hits over seven innings Wednesday night and Carlos Quentin launched a home run onto the third balcony of the Western Metal Supply Co. building to lead the Padres to a 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers before 17,205 at Petco Park.

The win snapped two streaks.

The Brewers had won nine straight games after a 2-8 start to the season. And the Padres entered the finale of a three-game series having lost five straight for the second time this season.

Volquez, who entered the game with a 8.84 earned run average after his first four starts, allowed only five baserunners while not walking a batter for only the fourth time in 127 career starts.

The Brewers didn’t get more than a hit in any inning and advanced only one runner to second.

Volquez needed only 94 pitches to navigate his longest outing of the season. The average of 13.4 pitches per inning was far below his pace of 20.3 pitching per inning in his first three starts.

The game was a complete turn-around for Volquez, who didn’t get out of the fourth inning in two of his first four starts and hadn’t completed two innings in any start without allowing a run before Wednesday night.

In his first four starts, Volquez gave up a total of 14 runs – 4-3-5-2 – in the first three innings.

Volquez got 13 outs on ground balls in addition to three strikeouts Wednesday night as his ERA fell to 6.40.

“I was trying to throw strikes,” said Volquez, who had a 65 percent strike-to-ball ratio Wednesday compared to a 56 percent ratio in his first four starts.

“I don't want to rush myself. I just want to stay under control, and that's what I did. All my pitches were working. I have movement on my fastball now. I am not trying to throw fast now. I’m just trying to pitch.”