The San Francisco Giants received some rare power their last time out to win their first home game in more than two weeks.
The Giants look to get another strong offensive showing and try to win consecutive home games in a series for the first time in more than two months on Wednesday when they continue their three-game set against the Washington Nationals.
San Francisco (41-58) snapped a four-game home losing streak by hitting three home runs in Tuesday’s series-opening 6-3 victory over the Nationals (38-62).
“The boys came out swinging it,” said Barry Zito, who won back-to-back decisions for the first time all year.
It was the Giants’ first home win since July 5, and just their seventh in their last 28 games at AT&T Park. San Francisco, a major league-worst 18-31 at home, has not won consecutive games in a series there since defeating Philadelphia on May 10 and 11.
While a three-homer game is a modest single-game total, its significant for the light-hitting Giants, who had not reached that mark since May 23.
San Francisco has hit the fewest home runs in the majors with 61, and had only three in its previous 13 games.
On Tuesday, Bengie Molina hit a two-run home run and a solo shot, his first homers since May 27.
“I’m seeing the ball pretty good the last couple of days. I lost something in the middle of July and couldn’t pick the ball up,” Molina said. “I guess I wasn’t ready to hit. For sure it’s a step forward and a boost of confidence. Hopefully I can keep it going.”
Fred Lewis hit his first career leadoff home run Tuesday after missing Sunday’s 7-4 loss to Milwaukee with a sore right foot.
Molina and Lewis look to give the offense another boost on Wednesday when the Giants face Washington rookie Collin Balester (1-2, 5.87 ERA), who is coming off a couple of rough outings.
After allowing one run and one hit in five innings of a 9-6 win over Florida in his major league debut on July 1, Balester has been tagged for 11 runs in 10 1-3 innings in losing his last two starts.
In his last outing on July 12, the right-hander yielded six runs and 11 hits in 4 2-3 innings of a 6-4 loss to Houston.
“You learn from failure and I’m starting to learn a lot more. The next start’s going to be a lot better,” Balester said.
The Nationals left 10 runners on base Tuesday after getting 23 runs and 31 hits in winning their previous two games.
“We just couldn’t get the big hit and we didn’t make some plays we should make,” Washington manager Manny Acta said.
All-Star Cristian Guzman, who went 0-for-4 Tuesday, agreed to terms on a $16 million, two-year contract extension that takes him through the 2010 season before the game.
San Francisco’s Kevin Correia (1-5, 5.81) takes the mound Wednesday, again seeking his first victory in more than three months.
Correia hasn’t started since giving up seven runs and a season-high nine hits in 3 2-3 innings of an 8-7, 11-inning loss to the Chicago Cubs on July 12. The Giants have lost Correia’s last eight starts since the right-hander defeated St. Louis on April 10.
In his only career start against Washington last Aug. 31, Correia allowed two runs and five hits in six innings of a 3-2 victory.