PHOENIX (AP) - Even down six runs after six innings, the Arizona Diamondbacks thought they would find a way to win.
This time, their rally came up a bit short.
``You'd like to win them all but we didn't today,' manager Kirk Gibson said following the Diamondbacks' 7-6 loss to the San Diego Padres. ``We push through. There's a saying about playing 27 outs, playing to the end. It's something that's been preached for a while. It's part of their character.'
Henry Blanco homered and Chris Young added a two-run double for the NL West-leading Diamondbacks, who had won a franchise-record 15 consecutive home games. Arizona's lead over San Francisco slipped to 8 1-2 games and the Diamondbacks' magic number remained eight.
Backed by LeBlanc's one-hit pitching over the first five innings, San Diego built a 7-0 lead against Josh Collmenter (9-9).
James Darnell drove in Nick Hundley with a single in the second, then hit a sacrifice fly in the third. Jesus Guzman had an RBI single and Anthony Rizzo drew a bases-loaded walk in the third to put the Padres ahead 4-0.
Hundley hit a two-run shot in the fifth for his eighth homer, giving San Diego a 6-0 lead and ending Collmenter's day. Guzman added a run-scoring double in the seventh.
Then the Diamondbacks made things interesting.
Blanco, Arizona's regular Sunday catcher, led off the sixth with a line drive over the wall in left. Reliever Zach Duke singled to center, Gerardo Parra reached on a one-out single and Paul Goldschmidt walked to load the bases and chase Wade LeBlanc (3-3).
Chris Young hit a two-run double to left off Erik Hamren, and Colin Cowgill brought home Goldschmidt and Young with a single to center that trimmed San Diego's lead to 7-5.
``I thought we were going to pull it out again,' Young said. ``Honestly, I thought we were going to find a way to win it.'
The Diamondbacks pulled within one in the seventh when Blanco singled, went to second when pinch-hitter Geoff Blum was hit by a pitch and scored on pinch-hitter Justin Upton's groundout.
``It's been our team all year,' Collmenter said. ``Up, down, we play all the way through. It's fun to be a part of a team like that and know that no matter how far down you are, they're going to battle and give you a chance to win.'
Collmenter gave up six runs and seven hits, walked three and struck out two.
``I think I forced through some things,' Collmenter said. ``I didn't make some big pitches when I needed to. I left some balls up over the plate today and they were able to put the bat on.'
Hundley, Guzman and Darnell had two RBIs apiece for the Padres, who ended a three-game losing streak and won for just the second time in seven games.
LeBlanc (3-5) went 5 2-3 innings and allowed four runs and four hits while snapping a personal three-game losing streak.
``No one in the clubhouse is too down right now,' Young said. ``We showed a lot of fight tonight and the Padres know that.'
NOTES: The Diamondbacks have never rallied from a seven-run deficit to win. . Arizona's previous home loss was on August 8, a 9-1 defeat against the Houston Astros. The Diamondbacks won the next three games of the series to begin a seven-game winning streak. ... Darnell has driven in five runs in his past two games. . Young stole second in the second inning to reach the 20-homer, 20-stolen base plateau for the third time in his career. . The Padres dropped their formal protest of the Diamondbacks' 6-5, extra-inning victory on Saturday.
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