With yet another sweep of the broom, they’ve gone a long way toward cleaning up their mess at home, making things at least presentable.

Now the Padres, ever so close to .500 overall, must go make some hay on that 6-10 road record.

Sparked by a player who's become a bit of a demon at Petco Park, outfielder Will Venable, the Padres completed their third sweeping win of a series in three weeks with a 1-0 defeat of the floundering Miami Marlins on a sunny Wednesday afternoon. With a diving catch in right, Venable also had one of several tremendous defensive plays in support of starting pitcher Jason Marquis, who made a few nifty stops himself and retired a dozen straight Marlins for the win.

Marquis perpetuated the improved performance -- and much-needed length -- of the starting rotation with eight innings of five-hit ball to boost his record to 4-2. It was the fourth straight win by a Padres starting pitcher, the Padres' 11th win in their last 14 games, pushing them to within two games of an even mark after their 5-15 start.

The shutout win was the Padres second in four games, and in the other two, the Marlins and Arizona Diamondbacks scored one run apiece.