It really helps when the opponent makes four errors.
Venable homered for the second game in a row, and San Diego's depleted offense took advantage of Cincinnati's season-high four errors for a 3-1 victory over the Reds on Saturday night.
"Especially being down a couple of guys, everybody needs to do a better job," Venable said.
Third baseman Jack Hannahan had three of Cincinnati's errors -- two on off-target throws to first base, another on a grounder that got through him. All San Diego managed off the errors was two unearned runs.
Venable hit his team-high 15th homer off reliever Manny Parra a few hours after the Padres put outfielder Carlos Quentin on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right knee. It was their second significant setback of the week.
Earlier in the week, All-Star shortstop Everth Cabrera was suspended for 50 games for taking a banned substance. Quentin had missed the last seven games with the injury. He was batting .275 with a team-leading 45 RBIs and 13 homers, second to Venable for the team lead.
Now, the others have to carry on.
"You can't do more than you're able to do," said Venable, who is batting .385 since July 14 and has a seven-game hitting streak. "You know what kind of player you are. Whether it's making a play on defense or getting a bunt down, you've got to do all those little things."
The Reds couldn't do much of anything right, finishing with as many errors as hits.
"Jack just had a bad day," manager Dusty Baker said. "He's known for his defense. We also had a couple of baserunning mistakes. I have no explanation."
Three of Cincinnati's errors came behind Tony Cingrani (5-2), who had to throw a lot of pitches to make up for the extra outs. The left-hander needed 92 to get through five innings while allowing only two hits and two unearned runs.
The Padres have won their last six games against left-handed starters since July 11.
The Reds had a tough time holding onto the ball all around. Catcher Devin Mesoraco threw over Hannahan's head while trying to toss the ball around the infield after a strikeout.
The Padres got sloppy and let in a couple of runs in Cincinnati's 7-2 win on Friday night. This time, the Reds had trouble getting a grip.
"We've been talking about our defense being pretty consistent all year," manager Bud Black said. "Last night was something we haven't seen much this year."
Chris Denorfia singled and scored when Venable singled and left fielder Xavier Paul bobbled the ball. Hannahan then threw wildly to first on Chase Headley's grounder, allowing Venable to score on the second error of the inning. Cingrani threw 32 pitches in the extended inning.
Shin-Soo Choo drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first, stole his 13th base of the season and came around on Phillips' two-out single.
The Reds didn't get much more off Ross, who had several nice plays made behind him.
"I know these guys will make the plays behind me," said Ross, who has four straight quality starts. "The key is to throw strikes."
Paul ran the Reds out of a rally in the seventh. Jay Bruce walked and went to third on Paul's single with no outs. Mesoraco flied to Denorfia in right, not deep enough to get Bruce in from third. Paul tagged on the play and was thrown out at second.
Tennis player Mardy Fish threw a ceremonial pitch to one of the Reds' mascots. The Western & Southern Open starts Sunday in nearby Mason. ... The Padres called up OF Jaff Decker to take Quentin's spot. ... LF Ryan Ludwick rejoined the Reds on Saturday from his minor league rehab stint. The Reds plan to activate him before the start of a series on Monday in Chicago. Ludwick has been sidelined since he tore cartilage in his right shoulder while sliding into base on opening day. ... Hannahan's three errors were a career high. ... On Sunday, Mike Leake (10-5) makes his first start since he got roughed up in a 15-2 loss to St. Louis a week earlier. Ian Kennedy (4-8) makes his second start with the Padres, who got him from Arizona on July 31.