The San Francisco Giants have worked their way back near the top of the NL West.
They’ll have a chance to move into first place when they meet the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third game of their four-game series at SBC Park.
After taking a 2 1/2 -game lead in the NL West on June 28, the Giants went 3-7 over their next 10 games. They rebounded with an 8-3 win over the Diamondbacks on Friday and now trail the first-place Dodgers by a half-game.
Barry Bonds went 1-for-2 with a run and tied his own single-season record for intentional walks. The veteran slugger has been walked intentionally 68 times this season, matching the mark he set in 2002.
The Giants now hope they can get a strong start from starter Brett Tomko, who has been inconsistent throughout the season.
After coming within two outs of his first career shutout on June 30, the 31-year-old right-hander struggled in a 7-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Monday. He allowed six runs and 10 hits over six innings, but all six runs came in the first two innings.
“It’s frustrating,” Tomko said. “You work hard to knock down your ERA a little bit and get back on your feet, and to go out in the first and see that happen, the morale goes right out the door.”
“You can either shut it down and quit or try to battle—and that’s what I tried to do.”
The Diamondbacks, who won Thursday’s series opener 8-4, have lost six of their last eight.