Nobody in baseball enjoys being home more than the Rockies. And they can appreciate it even more when they kick off a homestand with a win against a division rival.
The Rockies returned home Monday after a 4-6 road trip -- which was preceded by a 1-9 trip -- to a 6-1 win against the Giants at Coors Field. Colorado has the best differential between home (37-27) and road (25-44) records in baseball, and they've won six of their last seven in Colorado.
Right-hander Yusmeiro Petit, who was recalled when Matt Cain was placed on the disabled list Friday with a right forearm contusion, will look to slow the Rockies down in the second game of the series Tuesday. Petit has appeared in 73 Major League games in parts of six seasons, but just one this season -- on July 23, when he scattered six hits and two runs over 5 1/3 innings of long relief against the Reds.
Petit has spent most of his season with Triple-A Fresno, where he's 5-6 with a 4.92 ERA in 15 starts. He's allowed three or fewer runs in each of his past seven outings, with a 2.30 ERA in that span.
He'll be opposed by Rockies righty Chad Bettis, who, like Petit, is searching for his first win of the season. Colorado also hopes to have shortstop Troy Tulowitzki back in the lineup Tuesday after he missed his second straight game with rib soreness.
"I was on the fence about putting him in there and talked to our training staff and decided to keep him out one more night," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Monday. "Feel pretty good about him being out there tomorrow, but I wanted to give him one more day."
The three-time All-Star is hitting .315 this season with 22 homers and 68 RBIs. In his career against the Giants, Tulowitzki is a .298 hitter with 14 home runs and 55 RBIs in 89 games.
The road hasn't necessarily meant bad news for the Giants, though, who average 4.17 runs per game even after Monday night's loss. They average 3.42 runs per game in San Francisco.
Rockies: Bettis working on efficiency
Bettis took a no-decision in his last outing at Philadelphia, giving up one run on six hits and a walk to go along with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
"I felt real good," he said afterward. "I felt as good as my last start, but with better command and location of my pitches. I was just trying to get outs and keep us in it as long as possible."
Bettis only has one quality start this year (Aug. 11) in six outings and has shown he has big league-caliber stuff, but often struggles with his efficiency. Only once has he made it through the sixth inning.
• Center fielder Dexter Fowler left in the second inning of Monday's game with a left lateral knee bruise. He's considered day to day.
Giants: Posey streak to be on hold?
Buster Posey went 0-for-3 in his first career game against the Rockies (May 31, 2010), but he's reached base in each of the last 49 that he's started against them since then. In that span, he's hit .410 (73-for-178). But manager Bruce Bochy said Posey would "probably" get a day off Tuesday night.
"I've played him every day here for a while," Bochy said.
Posey's is the longest current streak of reaching base in consecutive starts against a single opponent in the big leagues.
• The Giants on Monday started a stretch of 20 consecutive games against teams from the National League West. Twenty-six of their last 32 will come against the division.
• Eighteen of the Giants' last 31 games will come on the road. They're 24-38 this season away from AT&T Park, but have won nine of their last 17 away from home.
• In four career starts against the Rockies, Petit is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA and has not pitched more than five innings in any of them.
Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.