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ATL@SD: Volquez strikes out nine over seven innings

There's just something about AT&T Park that suits the Giants and left-hander Barry Zito.

The Giants return to the shores of McCovey Cove -- where they're 21-11 -- on Monday to open a three-game series against the Padres with Zito on the mound.

Zito, like the Giants -- who are 14-22 on the road -- has struggled away from AT&T Park. The left-hander is 0-4 with a 11.28 ERA on the road, but 4-1 with a 1.94 mark in San Francisco.

It's a split that can't really be explained, but the Giants will at least be happy Monday if Zito turns in another fine home effort. The lefty has pitched well against the Padres this year -- going 1-0 with an 0.84 ERA in two starts -- but has historically struggled against San Diego, owning a 2-5 record and 6.06 ERA in his last 10 starts against the Friars.

Zito faces a Padres squad that is 30-19 since April 24, pushing San Diego's overall record to above .500 (35-34). It's been a long time coming for the Padres, who haven't had a winning record since the final day of the 2010 season -- which ended, coincidentally, at AT&T Park.

The basis of San Diego's success as of late has been its pitching staff. Padres starters are 7-0 in their last eight games, allowing two runs or fewer in six of them.

Despite several rough outings this season, Monday's starter Edinson Volquez has been a part of that successful stretch for Padres starters, tossing seven innings of one-run ball against the Braves his last time out.

Volquez has faced the Giants once this season -- allowing two runs in six innings -- and is 2-1 with a 5.00 ERA in seven career starts against San Francisco.

Padres: Sweep you very much
The Padres' three-game sweep of the D-backs was the club's sixth sweep of the season, matching its total from last year.

• Everth Cabrera, who has a five-game hitting streak, is batting .352 in two-out situations. Cabrera left Sunday's game in the ninth after tweaking his left hamstring.

• Left fielder Carlos Quentin missed his second straight game Sunday with a left shoulder injury, which he suffered Friday. He is day to day.

Giants: We're going streaking!
Two Giants have solid hitting streaks entering Monday's opener. Right fielder Hunter Pence has an eight-gamer -- during which he's batting .382 with five doubles and two home runs -- while infielder Joaquin Arias has a seven-game hitting streak (.483).

• The Giants batted .315 on their recently completed nine-game road trip.

Worth noting
• San Diego is hitting .270 with 16 doubles and 19 homers in its last 12 games.

• Monday will mark the 27th time in the Giants' last 29 games that they play an opponent currently above .500. Comments