Diamondbacks return home after 0-6 road trip; now 3 1/2 games behind Dodgers

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Two weeks ago, the Arizona Diamondbacks seemed a lock to make it to the postseason.

Now just finishing the year with a .500 record may be a struggle.

One day after losing to San Francisco in the ninth inning, the Diamondbacks let another game slip away in the final at-bat when Eugenio Velez hit a two-out, two-run triple off Arizona's Brandon Lyon to lift the Giants to a 4-3 win yesterday.

It was the second straight walk-off hit for Velez and completed San Francisco's three-game sweep.

It also sent the slumping Diamondbacks to their sixth straight loss overall and 10th consecutive on the road to fall 3 1/2 games behind Los Angeles in the NL West.

The Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 7-2 last night.

Arizona held a 4 1/2 game lead over the Dodgers on August 19th but has lost nine of 11 since then to fall to a season-high three games below .500 at 71-74.

With at least five teams ahead of them in the chase for the wild card spot, the Diamondbacks' hopes of making the playoffs are fading fast.

They finished their road trip 0-6 and haven't won on the road since beating Houston 11-5 on August 16th.

Arizona plays 10 of its final 17 games at Chase Field but has a final seven-game trip to Colorado and St. Louis later this month.