By the end of the third inning Friday night, the Giants trailed, 4-0. That's all the Rockies needed in another punchless performance by San Francisco in a series-opening 4-1 loss.
For San Francisco, falling behind has been an all-too-familiar theme in 2013. The Giants have been outscored 136-94 in the first three innings this season.
Friday was no different, and the Giants were unable to mount anything close to a comeback in what was nearly their second consecutive shutout at Coors Field. (The first came May 19 when Colorado won 5-0.) They would've been just the fourth team in the park's 18 1/2-year history to do be shut out in consecutive games. Before Buster Posey's ninth-inning home run, the team's only run in the past 25 innings at the park was scored on an infield single.
The road doesn't get any easier for the Giants on Saturday, when they face Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa. The hurler is 8-4 with a 3.19 ERA this season and has fared well against San Francisco in his career, posting an 8-4 mark with 3.74 ERA.
Overall, the Giants continue to scuffle. They're 15-26 since May 14, which is the worst record in all of baseball. The road has been especially harsh on San Francisco, as the club owns the second-worst road winning percentage in the National League (.350). The team's current five-game losing streak matches its worst stretch of the season.
Posey extends streak
As usual, Posey is a bright spot, and one of the only ones recently for San Francisco. The catcher went 3-for-4 Friday to improve his average to .423 in the 46 games he's played against the Rockies since going 0-for-3 in his first career game against Colorado. He's reached base in each of those 46 games.
The only player with a longer active streak against a team is Twins catcher Joe Mauer, who has reached base in 53 consecutive games against the Royals.
Posey recorded two of the Giants' three extra-base hits Friday with a double and home run.
He is 5-for-16 in his career against De La Rosa with three walks, a double and four RBIs.
Fowler still day-to-day
Dexter Fowler was a late scratch from Colorado's lineup after being penciled in by manager Walt Weiss.
Fowler has missed three consecutive games with a sore right hand and wrist that has hampered the outfielder the past few weeks. He is still day-to-day.
He is hitting .291 with 10 home runs and 26 RBIs for the Rockies this season.
• Michael Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to 25 games with a two-run home run Friday. The streak is the longest in Rockies history.
• Saturday's Giants starter Matt Cain's issues against the Cardinals have been well-publicized, but one of his worst starts of 2013 came against the Rockies in May, when the right-hander gave up six runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.
• The Giants began a stretch Friday in which they will play on 17 consecutive days leading up to the All-Star break. It's the first of two 17-game stretches without a day off this season for San Francisco.