Now, he'll try to help Colorado win for the seventh time in eight tries while extending its winning steak over San Francisco to five on Saturday.
Cuddyer was hitting .319 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs when he went on the disabled list May 12 with an inflamed cervical disk.
In his first at-bat since May 8, the outfielder hit a two-run double in the first inning before adding a solo homer in the sixth to help the Rockies (27-21) earn a 5-0 win in Friday's series opener."Being able to go out there and help us get the win was nice," Cuddyer said. "I felt comfortable in the box. In the grand scheme of things I really didn't miss that much time."
Colorado has a chance to win five straight over its NL West rival for the first time since 2002."They've dominated us every time here," said Carlos Gonzalez , who homered for the second straight game. "That gives us a lot of confidence when you can win a series against a team that won the championship a couple of times the last few years."
Cuddyer, though, is just 2 for 14 lifetime off Barry Zito , who will get the start for the Giants (26-22) as they hope to avoid an eighth loss in 11 contests.
Zito (3-3, 3.91 ERA) allowed one earned run or none in six of his first seven starts, but he surrendered eight runs - five earned - and 12 hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 10-6 loss to Toronto on May 14 before giving up five runs and 11 hits in 5 2-3 frames of Sunday's 5-0 defeat at Colorado."Yeah, I've given up quite a few hits the last couple of games," Zito said. "It doesn't feel good to be allowing all those baserunners."
The left-hander, though, had one of his better outings the first time he faced the Rockies on April 10, yielding seven hits in seven innings of a 10-0 home victory. Zito had gone 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA in four starts versus Colorado before this week's defeat.
Juan Nicasio (4-1, 4.47) opposed Zito on Sunday and had his best outing of the season, giving up three hits in six innings. He also ended a six-start streak of allowing at least one home run.
With starter Jeff Francis hoping to return from injury soon, Nicasio may be fighting for his spot in the rotation."I (don't) have pressure," he said. "When I go to pitch, I'm focused. I want to do my job, throw strikes."
The right-hander also faced the Giants on April 9, giving up four runs and walking five in five innings of Colorado's 9-6 defeat.
Nicasio will face a San Francisco lineup that has totaled one run and 10 hits over the last two games. Marco Scutaro is 0 for 7 in those contests after batting .481 during a 19-game hitting streak.
Scutaro, who played 95 games for the Rockies before being dealt to the Giants on July 28, is hitting .412 against his former team in 20 games since the trade despite going 0 for 4 on Friday.
Buster Posey went 1 for 3 to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He's hitting .471 with six homers in his last 19 versus the Rockies.
|Jorge De La Rosa||5||.400||2||0||2||0||0||.400||.800||.400|
|May 15, 2013||Jeff Francis||15-Day DL||Left groin strain|
|May 09, 2013||Michael Cuddyer||15-Day DL||Bulging disk in neck|
|May 09, 2013||Michael Cuddyer||15-Day DL||Bulging disk in neck|
|May 07, 2013||Troy Tulowitzki||Day-to-Day||Sore groin|
|May 03, 2013||Troy Tulowitzki||Day-to-Day||Leg soreness|
|April 29, 2013||Troy Tulowitzki||Day-to-Day||Strained left shoulder|
|San Francisco Giants|
|May 21, 2013||Santiago Casilla||15-Day DL||Cyst on right knee|
|May 21, 2013||Ryan Vogelsong||15-Day DL||Fractured right hand - out 6-8 weeks|
|May 20, 2013||Ryan Vogelsong||Day-to-Day||Left game - Broken right hand|
|May 08, 2013||Santiago Casilla||Day-to-Day||Left game - right knee|
|May 04, 2013||Angel Pagan||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|April 15, 2013||Jeremy Affeldt||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Angel Pagan became the first San Francisco player to end a game with an inside-the-park homer, connecting with a runner aboard in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday to give the Giants a thrilling 6-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies .
Troy Tulowitzki homered leading off the 10th to put the Rockies ahead 5-4, but Colorado closer Rafael Betancourt (1-2) walked Brandon Crawford to open the bottom half.
Guillermo Quiroz sacrificed before Pagan sent a long drive that hit the base of the oddly angled wall in right-center and bounced high over the head of right fielder Michael Cuddyer . The ball caromed away from Cuddyer as the speedy Pagan raced around the bases and slid home ahead of the relay.
The last major leaguer to hit an inside-the-park home run that ended a game was Rey Sanchez for Tampa Bay on June 11, 2004 - also in a 10-inning victory over Colorado, according to STATS.
The previous Giants player to do it was Hall of Famer Bill Terry on Aug. 24, 1931, when the club was in New York. His drive beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1, STATS said.
It was Betancourt's first blown save in 11 chances this season.
Carlos Gonzalez homered among his three hits and drove in two runs for the Rockies. Cuddyer and Jordan Pacheco also drove in runs.
Buster Posey had three hits and scored twice for the Giants, who ended a four-game slide against the Rockies. Hunter Pence , Andres Torres and Marco Scutaro each drove in runs. Crawford and Pablo Sandoval had two hits apiece.
Giants closer Sergio Romo (3-2) gave up Tulowitzki's 10th homer.
Rockies starter Juan Nicasio went five-plus innings, allowing two runs and seven hits. He walked one and struck out two.
Barry Zito lasted six innings, giving up four runs and seven hits. He walked one and struck out three.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy was ejected in the bottom of the eighth by plate umpire Alfonso Marquez for arguing a call at third base after Scutaro appeared to dodge Nolan Arenado 's tag on a throw from the outfield.
Marquez called Brandon Belt out at home on a close play in the seventh.
Pence's RBI double in the sixth ended San Francisco's 24-inning scoreless streak against Colorado pitching. Crawford's sacrifice fly and Scutaro's bases-loaded walk brought the Giants within 4-3.
Torres tied the game with a double in the seventh.
Dexter Fowler opened the game with a double and, one out later, Gonzalez hit the first pitch into McCovey Cove beyond the right-field wall.
The Rockies added a pair of runs in the fourth on consecutive doubles from Tulowitzki and Cuddyer, and a one-out single by Pacheco.
Cuddyer has three hits - all for extra bases - and four RBIs in his two games back from the disabled list.
The Giants loaded the bases in the first inning but failed to score. Nicasio retired 13 of his next 16 hitters, twice stranding runners in scoring position.
NOTES: Gonzalez became the first Rockies player to record a "splash hit" into McCovey Cove. It was the 27th splash hit by an opponent and the 90th overall since the ballpark opened in 2000. ... The Giants played their major league-leading ninth extra-inning game. ... Centerplate, Inc. concession workers went on a one-day strike, picketing in front of the ballpark. Concessions were staffed by management and others. ... Bochy said a decision on Tuesday's starter, to replace injured RHP Ryan Vogelsong , will be made by Sunday. ... Rockies RHP Jon Garland (3-5, 5.19 ERA) pitches Sunday's series finale. He last faced the Giants on Sept. 9, 2010. ... Tulowitzki extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ... RHP Matt Cain (3-2, 5.12) starts Sunday for the Giants. He will be facing the Rockies for the 30th time.