A weekend series at hitter-friendly Coors Field helped San Francisco’s Michael Tucker snap an early season slump.
The veteran outfielder will look to stay hot at the plate as the Giants open a two-game series with the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
Tucker entered the series against Colorado with just three hits in 18 at-bats. However, he went 5-for-11 (.455) with two homers, four runs and eight RBIs during the three-game series.
Tucker went 2-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBIs in Sunday’s 8-6 win, which gave San Francisco its second series win of the season. The Giants swept the Rockies in three games last weekend and lead the season series with Colorado 5-1.
Tucker also hit a grand slam on April 9 against the Rockies.
“It was the same situation as last time,” he said Sunday. “People got walked ahead of me and I made them pay for it.”
Edgardo Alfonzo, who leads the majors with a .488 average, added three hits, including two doubles, three runs and an RBI. Even with sluggers Barry Bonds and Moises Alou on the DL, the Giants lead the majors with a .301 average and trail only the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL with 67 runs.
The Padres lost their fourth straight Sunday, falling 6-0 to the Dodgers. San Diego was shut out twice during the three-game series with Los Angeles, which outscored the Padres 18-3 en route to a sweep.
Ramon Hernandez doubled for San Diego, which was without shortstop Khalil Greene. Greene broke his right ring finger Saturday and will miss three to four weeks. He will likely go on the disabled list Monday, when outfielder Dave Roberts in expected to be activated.
Jesse Garcia started in Greene’s place and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.