Edinson Volquez bounced back from the worst start of his career with one of his best outings of the season to keep the San Diego Padres' win streak intact his last time out.
The right-hander will now try to help the Padres extend their season-best run to seven games and end their recent road woes against the San Francisco Giants in Monday night's opener.
Before his latest outing, Volquez (5-5, 5.87 ERA) was 1-2 with an 8.31 ERA over a five-game stretch. He gave up a career-worst nine runs and 11 hits in 2 1-3 innings in a loss in Colorado on June 7. He rebounded by yielding one run over seven innings and striking out a season-high nine in a 5-3 win over Atlanta on Wednesday.
"For him, it's about the secondary pitches in the strike zone," manager Bud Black said. "He threw the hook in the strike zone and made some great pitches with the change."
Volquez's effort is part of a string of strong performances by the Padres' rotation over the last...