The resurgent Giants will look to extend their season-high winning streak to seven when they open a three-game series with the slumping Colorado Rockies.
Bonds endured a mid-May slump while battling through back spasms as the Giants slipped eight games below .500. He has since gotten hot along with his teammates, homering in consecutive games. The reigning NL MVP went 1-for-2 with three walks in Thursday’s 5-4, 10-inning victory over Arizona.
Bonds, who has re-employed his personal stretch coach to keep his ailing back limber, was intentionally walked with one out and none on in the bottom of the 10th. He went to second on an errant pickoff throw and came dashing home with the winning run on Damon Minor’s two-out single to right.
San Francisco, which hasn’t lost since a 4-3 setback to the Chicago Cubs on May 19, has climbed back into the thick of the NL West race with its recent run. The Giants are 3 1/2 games behind first-place San Diego, and 2 1/2 back of second-place Los Angeles.
The Rockies have lost seven of eight, including Thursday’s 4-3, 10-inning setback to San Diego. Shawn Chacon yielded a tying two-run homer to rookie Khalil Greene in the ninth inning before Colorado slipped to 0-5 in extra innings this season.
Chacon, who blew his third save opportunity in 13 chances, squandered starter Aaron Cook’s opportunity to improve to 6-0 in 12 starts at Coors Field.
“Cook pitches well and the bullpen gets me a two-run lead, so you bet I’m discouraged,” Chacon said. “I was throwing a fastball away. Obviously, it wasn’t away but ran back over the plate.”
The Rockies will kick off a six-game road trip. They are just 6-15 away from Coors Field this season.
The Giants have won three straight on their six-game homestand after dropping five of their previous six at SBC Park.