After struggling away from Coors Field for much of the season, the Colorado Rockies seem to have solved their road woes.
The Rockies try for their first three-game sweep at San Francisco in franchise history when they meet the Giants on Sunday.
Colorado (22-27) had the NL’s third-worst road record before its current six-game road trip, and after losing to Arizona 6-5 on Monday, it has rallied to win a season-high four straight overall.
The Rockies beat the Giants 5-3 in Friday’s series opener and 6-1 on Saturday and have not won five consecutive road games since July 23-Aug. 20, 2004.
This is the seventh time in Colorado’s 15-year history it has won the first two games of a three-game set in San Francisco, but it has lost the finale each time.
While the Rockies are getting their season turned around, the Giants (24-24) have looked flat in the first two games of this series.
“We’re sluggish. We show up and think we can win,” San Francisco reliever Steve Kline said. “We need some vinegar in our swagger. … We lost a tough one yesterday but today it was like we didn’t show up.”
Barry Bonds was 0-for-4 with four groundouts for his fifth straight hitless game on Saturday, and has gone 14 games without a homer or an RBI. It is the second-longest RBI drought of his 22-year career.
Bonds, who remains 10 homers shy of tying Hank Aaron’s career record of 755, usually rests on day games after night games, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the slugger will play Sunday afternoon.
Bonds is 1-for-5 with a double in his career against Sunday’s starter Taylor Buchholz (2-2, 5.94 ERA), who has been knocked around against the Giants.
Buchholz is 0-2 with a 18.00 ERA in three career starts against San Francisco, lasting less than five innings in all of those appearances.
He was tagged for season highs of eight runs and 12 hits in 4 2-3 innings of a 15-2 loss to San Francisco on May 13, but rebounded nicely to give up an unearned run and five hits in seven innings of a 6-4 win over Kansas City last Saturday.
“That’s something I’ve always been battling - the consistency thing,” Buchholz said after beating the Royals. “I was consistent. The command was there.”
The right-hander has not won consecutive starts since last July for Houston.
The Giants will start Noah Lowry (5-4, 2.69), who looks to continue his dominance at home.
Lowry has won a career-high four straight home starts, allowing six earned runs in 25 2-3 innings in those games. He improved to 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA in five starts at AT&T Park after he allowed six hits in seven innings of a 4-0 win over Houston on Monday.
The left-hander has been pitching very well lately, posting a 1.57 ERA in his four May starts, but is only 2-2 in those games. One of the losses came to Colorado, as he gave up four runs - two earned - over seven innings of a 5-3 loss at Coors Field on May 10.
Lowry has posted a 3.75 ERA in splitting his first two starts against the Rockies this season, and is 2-5 with a 6.87 ERA in 10 career starts against them.