The San Diego Padres figured trading for Carlos Quentin prior to this season would pay dividends as soon as the slugger got healthy.
It seems he's been well worth the wait.
Quentin looks to continue his impressive hitting display while helping San Diego win consecutive games for the first time in nearly three weeks Wednesday against the visiting San Francisco Giants.
The Padres acquired Quentin from the Chicago White Sox for a pair of prospects on Dec. 31 in hopes of bolstering an offense that finished last in the NL in batting average in 2011 and last in the majors in homers.
Quentin, though, had arthroscopic right knee surgery in March and wasn't able to join the team until May 28 against the Cubs.
He's wasted little time getting acquainted.
Quentin is hitting .522 (12 for 23) with five homers, four doubles and nine RBIs in six games after going 3 for 4 with a pair of solo shots - including the game-tying homer in the eighth inning - in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Giants.
It marked his third three-hit game, and he's struck out only twice.
"Carlos Quentin is one of the best hitters in baseball. Pitching against him for so many years, he's a guy in the lineup who provides a dynamic that has to be respected," said Padres closer Huston Street, who came off the disabled list and earned the victory by pitching a scoreless ninth.
"He changes the game. He's changed so many games for us ... and he's only been back for 10 days."
Rookie Logan Forsythe hit his first major league homer - a walk-off shot in the ninth - to give the Padres (19-37) only their third win in their last 14 contests. They haven't won back-to-back games since beating the Los Angeles Angels on May 19th and 20th.
"It's a pretty cool feeling,'' Forsythe said. "It's always going to be special when you get a walk-off win. It felt nice to be the guy to do it.''
Tuesday's loss ended a four-game winning streak for San Francisco (31-25), which had won seven of eight overall. Ryan Theriot went 3 for 3 with three RBIs and is hitting .389 over his last 10 games.
The Giants hope to bounce back with the help of Madison Bumgarner, who looks to build off one of his better outings of 2012.
Bumgarner (6-4, 3.04 ERA) ended a four-start winless stretch by allowing two runs and striking out a season-high 11 over eight innings of a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday.
"He pitched well in traffic, settled down and threw a great game,'' manager Bruce Bochy told the team's official website. "He really had his stuff going. You can't ask for more than what he did.''
The left-hander allowed one run in 7 2-3 innings of a 4-1 win over San Diego on April 29, improving to 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA over his last three starts in the series.
Clayton Richard (2-6, 4.44) allowed four runs in seven innings while taking the defeat in that contest, allowing more than three runs for the first time in his last eight starts versus the Giants.
The left-hander is 5-2 with a 2.54 ERA against San Francisco during that stretch, and he'll oppose Bumgarner again.
Richard is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in his last four starts after allowing one run in 6 2-3 innings Friday against Arizona. He's received only four runs of support in 20 innings over his last three outings.
San Francisco has won 13 of 18 over San Diego and 10 of the last 15 at Petco Park.