The road has not been kind to the Colorado Rockies.
Owners of the worst road record in baseball, the Rockies will try to turn things around when they begin a six-game trip with the first of three games against the San Francisco Giants.
Dustan Mohr had a double and a homer and Jeff Francis matched his career high with eight strikeouts to help Colorado snap a four-game losing streak with a 9-2 victory over Philadelphia at Coors Field on Sunday.
“It was a bit of a big game,” Francis said. “We’d lost four in a row. Nobody wants a losing streak.”
The win was also important because it snapped Colorado’s losing streak before it went on the road, where the Rockies are 10-40, the worst record through 50 games in the majors since the 1979 Oakland Athletics.
Colorado has lost two straight and four of its last six away from Coors Field.
Tuesday’s game will likely mark the debut of outfielder Larry Bigbie, who was acquired from Baltimore over the weekend in exchange for outfielder Eric Byrnes. Bigbie was batting .248 with five home runs and 21 RBIs in 206 at-bats for the Orioles this season.
Winn is hitting .275 with six home runs, 37 RBIs and 12 stolen bases this season. A career .283 hitter, Winn was an All-Star in 2002 when he hit a career-high .298 with 14 home runs, 75 RBIs and 27 stolen bases for Tampa Bay.
The Giants have lost six of their last nine games, including Sunday’s 5-1 defeat to Milwaukee.
The news got worse on Monday as Barry Bonds said in a published report he will likely not return this season due to his knee problems.
“I don’t think you’re going to see me out there this year,” Bonds told MLB.com on Monday. “That’s the reality of the situation. I’m improving. I’m happy with the progress. I’m working out hard on the exercise bike and the elliptical machine, but I’m just not there yet. The last thing I want is to get back on the field and be out again a week later.”
Bonds said a recent MRI showed some fluid building up in the knee that has been operated on three times since Jan. 31. He said his doctors advised him to wait until next year to return to the Giants.