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    Torey Lovullo after loss to Giants

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    Torey Lovullo on loss to Rockies

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    Zack Godley on wild yet effective outing vs. Rockies

SAN DIEGO – The Diamondbacks lost again on Tuesday night, their third in a row, and once again their hitters did not do much at the plate. Their starter struggled for a third consecutive day. And their magic number remained frozen in time.

After a 6-2 loss to the San Diego Padres, the Diamondbacks’ schedule has 10 games remaining before a potential wild-card matchup. It would be hard to blame them if they were eager for that Oct. 4 game, but their manager believes their focus is not in the wrong place.

“I feel strongly that we’re focused on today,” Torey Lovullo said. “We know what’s there. We know that this is a special time of the year. I think we’re all embracing that and enjoying the games. We’re just not getting that timely hit and making that big pitch at the right time.”

They got two home runs from A.J. Pollock, his first two-homer game since his rookie year. There also was another handful of balls they hit hard, only instead of going over fences or finding grass, they were gobbled up by Padres defenders. At this, the Diamondbacks could only shrug.

“Obviously if one of those gets through and we get a big rally there …” Pollock said. “That’s baseball. You talk about luck, but it’s part of the game.”

Whatever the reason, things haven’t been going well for Diamondbacks hitters on this road trip. In five games, they are just 3 for 26 with men in scoring position. They have hit just .182 overall and have only 11 runs scored in five games.

They managed to win two of those games, one started by Robbie Ray (seven innings, one earned run), the other by Zack Greinke (eight scoreless innings). Ray will take the ball as the Diamondbacks finish the trip on Wednesday night at Petco Park, where they’ll look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Padres.

The Padres scored twice off Zack Godley in the first and added three more in the third. They collected three consecutive hits to open each of those innings. The game’s biggest blow was delivered by the opposing pitcher. With the bases loaded and two out in the third, Travis Wood shot a single into center to drive in a pair of runs and give the Padres a 5-1 lead.

Pollock homered twice off Wood, once to lead off the game and again in the sixth. He also doubled in the ninth inning. He’s 12 for 28 (.429) with six doubles, three homers and four walks in his past eight games.

But outside of Pollock, the rest of the Diamondbacks hitters went 1 for 25 with one walk on Tuesday night.

“Minimal concern – minimal,” Lovullo said, when asked about his offense. “I know last night I talked about building innings and not being able to get the big hit. We’ve lost a couple of tough games in a row. We’re very well aware of that. But I believe in these guys and I think they’ll be just fine.”

With the loss and the Milwaukee Brewers’ win, the Diamondbacks’ magic number remains at six for the third consecutive day. They remain 4 1/2 games ahead of the Colorado Rockies for the top wild-card spot.

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Wednesday’s game

Diamondbacks at Padres

When: 6:10 p.m.

Where: Petco Park, San Diego.

Pitchers: Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (14-5, 2.74) vs. Padres RHP Dinelson Lamet (7-7, 4.15).

TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).

Ray had yet another impressive outing his last time out, giving up one earned run in seven innings against the Giants, striking out 10 without issuing a walk. … In five starts since coming back from the disabled list, Ray has posted a 1.39 ERA with 55 strikeouts and six walks in 32 1/3 innings. … He has started three time against the Padres this season, giving up just three earned runs in 20 1/3 innings. … Lamet has recorded exactly 18 outs in four consecutive starts. He gave up just one run in six innings against the Twins in his most recent outing. … He has a 2.44 ERA in his past 10 starts, though he still appears to have trouble throwing strikes at times, with 28 walks in 59 innings in that stretch. … He faced the Diamondbacks on June 6 in his third career start and was roughed up, giving up seven earned runs in three-plus innings.

Coming up

Thursday: Off.

Friday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (17-6, 2.87) vs. Marlins LHP Adam Conley (7-7, 5.20).

Saturday: At Chase Field, 5:10 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (9-8, 3.45) vs. Marlins RHP Dan Straily (10-9, 4.17).

Sunday: At Chase Field, 1:10 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (14-13, 4.14) vs. Marlins LHP Dillon Peters (0-2, 5.40).