Feliz homered for the second straight game in place of the ailing Bonds, leading the Giants to Saturday’s 5-1 win. San Francisco has won three of four.
“I wouldn’t say I’m like (Bonds), but I can play, too,” said Feliz, who hit two homers all of last season. “I’m not surprised with what I’ve done the last two games, either.”
Feliz, an infielder, got the start in left after Bonds was diagnosed with tendinitis in his right knee. Bonds was injured in Friday’s 10-7 loss and isn’t expected to return for the remainder of the series.
Feliz replaced the five-time MVP and promptly hit a two-run homer Friday. He followed with Saturday’s 447-foot, three-run blast.
“I put him in the game (Friday) right away. He was just in there and he’s in there (Sunday),” Giants manager Felipe Alou said. “This is an opportunity to give a hitter some at-bats and one game isn’t going to do it.”
Todd Helton’s two singles accounted for half of Colorado’s hits as the Rockies lost for the sixth time in their last eight.
“Right now we are not generating enough through the lineup to get anything going on a consistent basis,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “That is why we are in the position we are in right now.”
STANDINGS: Giants - 1st place, NL West. Rockies - 4th place, 8 1/2 GB, NL West.
GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Jesse Foppert (2-3, 4.86 ERA). Foppert is 2-1 with 4.50 ERA over his last four starts since opening the season 0-2 with a 5.54 ERA over his first four outings. The 22-year-old right-hander didn’t figure in the decision in the Giants’ 4-3 loss to Arizona on Tuesday, after allowing two runs and eight hits over six innings, while striking out a season-high seven. The rookie will be making his first career start against Colorado.
ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Darren Oliver (1-3, 5.44 ERA). Oliver is 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA over his last four starts and hasn’t won since beating the Chicago Cubs 6-3 on April 27. The left-hander allowed three runs and six hits over 6 2-3 innings in Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Los Angeles. Oliver is 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA in six career starts against San Francisco.
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 1-1.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Giants - Seven of the 12 runs RHP Foppert has allowed over his last four starts have come on homers. … OF Marquis Grissom, who went 4-for-5 and finished a homer short of the cycle Saturday, is hitting .534 (23-for-43) from the leadoff spot in 10 of the last 11 games. … The Giants improved their NL-best road record to 18-8 and are off to their best road start since moving to San Francisco in 1958. Rockies - 1B Helton is 6-for-9 in the first two games of this series. … OF Larry Walker drew two walks Saturday and has nine over his last three games. … Colorado has scored in 75 consecutive games, the longest current streak in the majors.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Giants - 18-8 on the road; Rockies - 16-8 at home.
INJURIES: Giants - OF Bonds (knee), day-to-day; INF Durham (ankle), 15-day DL; OF Marvin Benard (knee), 15-day DL; LHP Jason Christiansen (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Robb Nen (shoulder), 15-day DL. Rockies - RHP Nelson Cruz (biceps), 15-day DL; LHP Denny Neagle (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Denny Stark (back), 60-day DL; INF Pablo Ozuna (knee), 60-day DL; INF Juan Uribe (foot), 60-day DL; OF Chris Richard (shoulder), 60-day DL.