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Padres' late rally falls short

ARIZONA starting pitcher Max Scherzer struck out 10 batters and the Diamondbacks held off a late rally to snap the San Diego Padres' 10-game winning streak with a 6-5 victory on Tuesday.

The Arizona righthander allowed two runs and also had two RBIs over seven innings, but the red-hot Padres still managed to give the home team a major scare in the final two innings.

Trailing 4-6, San Diego loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth before Scott Hairston grounded into a run-scoring double-play, and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit to deep center field, where Arizona's Chris Young made a leaping catch to end the game.

"When he hit it, and I saw (Chris Young) running back, running back, I said 'Oh my God,'" reliever Juan Gutierrez told reporters.

Padres' Adrian Gonzalez, who was battling the flu, had a chance to tie the game in the eighth inning where he came to the plate with the bases loaded but flied out to deep right field.

"I didn't feel 100 percent, but I was good enough to go pinch-hit," Gonzalez said. "I tried hitting a few balls and it felt OK. I didn't feel well enough to go on the field though."

The Padres (23-23) began an unlikely comeback bid with a four-run surge in the eighth as they attempted to wipe out a 6-0 deficit.

Chris Burke hit his first home run of the season while Chase Headley added an RBI single and went 2-for-4 to pull San Diego within two runs as the visitors launched a late bid to avoid defeat for the first time since May 14.

The Padres set a franchise record of 14 consecutive wins in 1999.

The D-Backs (20-26) had surrendered a 7-1 lead to the Padres one night earlier, but this time Gutierrez buckled down to pitch the final 1 2/3 innings and get the save.

Arizona scored two runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth to chase San Diego starter Kevin Correia, who lasted 5 2/3 innings, from the game. Scherzer led his team with RBI hits in the fifth and sixth, while Ryan Roberts was 2-for-3 with two runs for the D-Backs, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

The D-Backs played without second baseman Felipe Lopez, who missed his third straight game with a hamstring injury.

In Cincinnati, the Reds rallied for a 6-4 victory that sent the Houston Astros to their sixth straight loss.

Elsewhere, it was: Mets 6, Nationals 1; Phillies 5, Marlins 3; Cubs 6, Pirates 1, 5 innings; Cardinals 8, Brewers 1; Dodgers 7, Rockies 1; and Giants 4, Braves 0.

In the Kansas City, the Royals downed the Detroit Tigers 6-1 in the American League.

In other action, it was: Rangers 7, Yankees 3; Orioles 7, Blue Jays 2; Indians 5, Rays 1; Twins 5, Red Sox 2; White Sox 4, Angels 2; and Athletics 4, Mariners 3.


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