Now that they’ve broken out of their offensive slump, the San Francisco Giants look to win three straight road games for the first time in a month when they open a three-game interleague series against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on Friday.
The Giants (34-32) defeated Arizona 8-2 on Thursday and 11-4 on Wednesday for a total of 19 runs in two games. San Francisco had dropped five of six entering Wednesday, while averaging just 1.8 runs in those losses.
San Francisco has not won three consecutive road games since sweeping Houston from May 15-17.
Barry Bonds, who hit his 717th career home run on Wednesday, did not play Thursday but is expected to serve as designated hitter for the Giants in the interleague series at the AL ballpark.
Bonds is batting .256 (23-for-90) with nine homers and 20 RBIs in 31 career games as a DH. He occupied the position in the Giants’ three-game interleague series at Oakland May 19-21, when went 3-for-9 and hit his 714th homer on May 20.
Bonds is just 3-for-14 (.214) with one home run in three career games at Safeco Field.
Left-hander Noah Lowry (2-4, 3.50 ERA) hopes his offense will continue to score runs when he takes the mound Friday. Lowry has allowed two or fewer runs in five starts this season, but his offense has been shut out in three of those outings.
Lowry gave up two runs—both on solo homers—and three hits in eight innings of a 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh Saturday.
“My changeup was up at times today,” Lowry said. “It costs me—all three hits were changeups today. One was in, one was out, one was over the plate. It’s something that I need to work on.”
Lowry is 2-2 with a 3.54 ERA in eight career interleague games, but has never faced Seattle.
The Mariners (31-37) lost to Oakland 9-6 on Thursday, as the Athletics outscored them 18-8 in a three-game sweep.
“We came in here feeling we were on a roll,” said Seattle manager Mike Hargrove, whose club had won nine of its last 11 games before facing Oakland. “Our expectations were higher than our results.”
Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-5 with an infield single on Thursday, and is batting .500 (34-for-68) during his current 15-game hitting streak. The right fielder has struggled against the Giants, though, going 1-for-10 in three career games.
Felix Hernandez (6-6, 4.94) has allowed just three runs in 16 innings over his last two starts, and looks to extend his career-high three-game winning streak when he takes the mound Friday.
The 20-year-old right-hander gave up two runs and four hits and struck out nine in his first career complete game, a 6-2 win over the Angels on Sunday.
“If I wasn’t going to finish this game, I was never going to finish another game in my career,” Hernandez said through a translator. “I had every single thing working for me out there. I used every one of my pitches, hit both sides of the plate really well and could do whatever I wanted.”