SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The San Diego Padres suffered their 10th successive defeat in a 4-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, their once-commanding lead in the National League West slipping to one game over the San Francisco Giants.
The setback extended San Diego's longest losing streak since a 13-game skid in 1994. The Padres owned a 6.5-game lead in the division back on August 25 and seemed assured of reaching the post-season before their recent collapse.
"We're not playing well enough to win right now," Padres manager Bud Black told reporters. "But there is a lot of baseball left. This is a test."
Shortstop Miguel Tejada belted a two-run homer for the Padres, who were outhit 12-7. Third-place Colorado (72-64) moved within 4.5 games of San Diego in the division.
Starter Clayton Richard kept the Padres in the game after allowing two runs in six innings.
NL batting leader Carlos Gonzalez (.337) extended his hitting streak to 13 games with three hits and the Rockies stayed hot with their 10th win in 14 games.
"It goes without saying it was a tremendous series for us, and it has brightened the picture considerably," said Rockies manager Jim Tracy.