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By JEFF MEZYDLO

STATS Senior Writer

Mired in their longest losing stretch of the season, the

NL West-leading San Diego Padres are not about to panic.

The visiting Padres look to avoid a seventh consecutive

loss and being swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

San Diego’s skid began with an 11-5 loss to Arizona on

Thursday and continued with a 7-4 defeat at Chase Field on Tuesday.

“You are going to have streaks like this,” Tuesday’s loser

Kevin Correia said. “It is coming at a bad time but we still have a lot of

leeway.”

Despite their recent struggles, the Padres (76-55) remain

confident with a four-game lead over San Francisco in the West.

“These guys have a good perspective on things,” manager

Bud Black told the Padres’ official website. “We’re in a position now that we’d

rather be in than the alternative.”

The Padres continue to play poorly in Arizona, losing 12

of 17 at Chase Field since the start of last season.

Nick Hundley had three hits and two RBIs, but San Diego

could not hold an early two-run lead over last-place Arizona (54-79), which won

five of six to conclude August with a 16-13 record.

“The goal is to finish strong and make it hard on the

other teams,” said Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero, who had two hits and two

RBIs on Tuesday.

The Padres likely need shortstop Miguel Tejada to

contribute after going 0 for 5 on Tuesday. He is 4 for 25 in the last six

games.

Though San Diego starting pitchers rank among the best in

the majors with a 3.66 ERA, they have allowed 29 runs in 31 2-3 innings during

their six-game skid.

Scheduled starter Mat Latos (13-5, 2.29 ERA) looks to

change that trend.

Latos has given up four runs and struck out 31 in 26

innings while going 2-0 in his last four starts. The right-hander allowed one

run in seven innings of a 3-2, 12-inning loss to Philadelphia on Friday, the

13th straight start he’s yielded two or fewer runs.

“He’s throwing the ball great,” Black said. “It’s

consistently happening from start to start. He’s stringing together some

outstanding pitched games.”

In his only previous appearance against the Diamondbacks,

Latos allowed two hits and struck out six over six scoreless innings of a 10-1

win at Arizona on Aug. 8.

Opposing a potential ace like Latos should not be

intimidating for Arizona rookie Barry Enright (5-2, 2.44) as he makes his first

appearance against the Padres.

The right-hander has outpitched All-Star game starter

Ubaldo Jimenez and two-time defending NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum

while giving up one run in 13 2-3 innings to win his past two outings. Enright

allowed six hits in seven innings of a 6-0 win at San Francisco on Friday to

improve to is 4-0 with a 2.13 ERA in his last eight starts.

“He has shown before that he handles that type of

pressure very well,” manager Kirk Gibson told the Diamondbacks’ official

website.

After homering twice in Arizona’s 7-2 win Monday, Mark

Reynolds hit a two-run shot Tuesday. The third baseman is 4 for 6 with seven

RBIs in the series. He has hit six of his 32 home runs this season versus San

Diego.

Updated August 31, 2010