The Arizona Diamondbacks had a golden opportunity to keep pace in the race for the NL's second wild-card spot the last time they took the field.
But their failure to come through in the clutch instead pushed them further back in the playoff hunt.
Arizona looks to bounce back Friday night when it visits the Colorado Rockies in the opener of a four-game wraparound series.
The Diamondbacks (74-75) had a chance to complete a three-game sweep of San Diego and win their fourth straight Thursday, but they fell 6-5 after failing to score in the bottom of the ninth inning despite having the bases loaded with no out.
That defeat coupled with St. Louis' 5-4 victory over Houston dropped Arizona 5 1/2 games behind the Cardinals for the second wild-card berth.
"All things considered we battled back," manager Kirk Gibson said. "You get the bases loaded and nobody out in the ninth, you expect to at least tie the game up. We had three opportunities and were unable to do it, so that part was dis...