Going into Tuesday night’s game in Milwaukee, questions hounded each of the four Padres at the bottom of the lineup.

--Will Venable, who was hitting sixth, has hovered around a .225 average for more than two months.

--Mark Kotsay, who started in left, entered the game with a run of 25 straight at-bats without a hit, dating back to June 20.

--Catcher Nick Hundley hadn’t poked his average above .250 since the start of June.

--And right-handed pitcher Tyson Ross hadn’t won a major league game in more than 14 months and hadn’t started a game since his left arm dislocated from the shoulder while taking a wild swing on April 17.

Tuesday night, however, Ross allowed one run on two hits over six innings and Venable, Kotsay and Hundley equally divided nine of the team’s 15 hits as the Padres defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 to score back-to-back wins for the first time since June 20-21.

Venable and Hundley also hit key homers in the Padres third victory as they reached the midpoint of a 10-game road trip.

“We had good offense all night,” said Padres manager Bud Black. “Kotsay, Will and Nick really contributed . . . Yonder Alonso is swinging the bat well . . . Chase (Headley) is coming around.”

And Ross?

“I liked the way he finished,” said Black. “The last three innings were better than the first three. He was aggressive. That was a very solid start. Tyson’s not a finished product. But he’s young, physical and has a quick powerful arm.”