Striving to hold their respective division leads, the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals can both use any wins they can get.
The Giants might get a boost Monday with All-Star third baseman Pablo Sandoval set to come off the disabled list before the opener of a three-game set against the visiting Nationals.
San Francisco (63-52) heads into this series holding a one-game lead over Los Angeles in the NL West, while Washington (71-44) has a bigger cushion of 4 1/2 games over Atlanta atop the East.
The Giants maintained their slim advantage over the weekend with consecutive wins thanks to strong performances at the plate. After recording 13 hits in a 9-3 win over Colorado on Saturday, the Giants had 14 while rallying for a 9-6 victory in the series finale.
Hunter Pence hit a go-ahead three-run homer - his first long ball in 12 games with San Francisco - in Sunday's eighth inning, and Melky Cabrera also drove in three runs. Pence had gone 7 for 47 (.149) in his first 11...