The road didn't suit them last week.
A 1-5 trip through Toronto and Denver ended with another clunker, Sunday's 5-0 loss to the Rockies, and suddenly the Giants are out of first place with a 24-20 record.
How bad was the journey?
The rotation, the pride and joy of the franchise, posted a 9.82 ERA in the six games.
The defense, usually crisp, committed 13 errors.
The Giants got outscored 52-28.
Thank goodness they'll be playing a team in road grays (the Nationals) on Monday.
Heading into the Washington series, the Giants' biggest concern is the rotation.
"I know it's been a quarter of the season," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We've probably been a little spoiled with these guys. It makes you appreciate the talent these guys have. What they're going through is something we're not used to."
The latest starter to fold was Barry Zito, who lost Sunday's game. He gave up five runs on 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings.
"It's May right now. Considering how difficult it's been for us lately, it's not as bad as it could be, record-wise," Zito said.
NEXT: Nationals (Zach Duke, 0-0, 8.40) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong, 1-4, 8.06)
CF Angel Pagan left Sunday's game before the bottom of the fifth inning due to flu-like symptoms. Manager Bruce Bochy said Pagan felt lightheaded before the game before the game and received an IV solution, but "it caught up with during the game."
RHP Ryan Vogelsong, who starts against Washington on Monday, lasted just two innings in his last start, Wednesday at Toronto. He allowed eight runs, three earned, on six hits. It was his shortest start since an outing in 2004 when he pitched 1 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .333 (59-for-177) against Vogelsong, who has yielded 11 home runs, tied for the second most in the National League. He has allowed more runs (44) and earned runs (37) than any NL pitcher, and he's yielded a .439 average to opponents with runners in scoring position, the highest in the NL. In his only start against the Nationals last season and the only time he has faced them at AT&T Park, Vogelsong gave up eight runs on nine hits in 2 2/3 innings.
LHP Barry Zito is 3-0 with a 0.55 ERA (two earned runs, 33 innings) in five starts at home this season and 0-3 with a 10.19 ERA (20 earned runs, 17 2/3 innings) in four road starts. Zito is 8-3 with a 2.74 ERA in 20 career starts against the Rockies after he was charged with all the runs Sunday over 5 2/3 innings in the Giants' 5-0 loss. He had a six-game winning streak against the Rockies that covered 12 starts dating back to Sept. 25, 2008.
SS Brandon Crawford, who had two of the Giants' five hits, has hit safely in 11 of his past 12 games. During that span, he has gone 18-for-46 (.391) with six multi-hit games.
RHP Chad Gaudin pitched a scoreless eighth. He gave up a leadoff single to Dexter Fowler and threw a wild pitch in the process of striking out Carlos Gonzalez. Gaudin then got Troy Tulowitzki and Jordan Pacheco to ground to third to finish a 15-pitch outing. It was Gaudin's first appearance since Wednesday at Toronto, when he relieved RHP Ryan Vogelsong in the third and threw 72 pitches in 3 1/3 innings.
2B Marco Scutaro was given the day off. He has a 17-game hitting streak, the longest in the majors this season, and three shy of the career best he established last season. During his current streak, Scutaro is hitting .486 (34-for-70). He has had two or more hits in 10 of his past 11 games and 12 of his past 14.
C Buster Posey did not play Sunday. Manager Bruce Bochy said he needed a break, citing the long games Posey caught in Colorado earlier in the series.
1B Brett Pill was optioned to Triple-A Fresno on Saturday when the Giants recalled RHP Jean Machi. Pill went 2-for-6 in three games with the Giants last week in his first big-league action of the season.
"I don't think he had his good stuff and sharp command, but he battled well out there, particularly in this ballpark. Unfortunately we gave up a couple of his runs."—Manager Bruce Bochy, after LHP Barry Zito wound up charged with all of the runs in the Giants' 5-0 loss at Colorado.
CF Angel Pagan (flu-like symptoms) left the May 19 game.
INF Tony Abreu (left knee strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He played May 3 and May 5 on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Fresno, but he didn't play again the next two weeks.
RHP Eric Surkamp (Tommy John surgery in July 2012) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He is unlikely to return before midseason.
RHP Matt Cain
LHP Madison Bumgarner
RHP Tim Lincecum
LHP Barry Zito
RHP Ryan Vogelsong
RHP Sergio Romo (closer)
LHP Jeremy Affeldt
LHP Javier Lopez
RHP Santiago Casilla
RHP George Kontos
RHP Chad Gaudin
LHP Jose Mijares
RHP Jean Machi
1B Brandon Belt
2B Marco Scutaro
SS Brandon Crawford
3B Pablo Sandoval
INF Joaquin Arias
INF Nick Noonan
LF Gregor Blanco
CF Angel Pagan
RF Hunter Pence
OF Andres Torres