Cody Ross served notice Sunday that his early-season slump was over, and he reinforced that Tuesday with a game-winning single in the ninth inning.
San Francisco's 1-0 victory over Arizona in turn reinforced the Giants' recent theme -- last at-bat wins. It was the third walk-off win in four games for San Francisco, and the Giants are 7-2 this season in games decided in the last at-bat.
The Giants have played 29 games this season decided by no more than three runs, out of 35 games altogether, including each of their past 17. The total is the most in the majors, and it's a category the 2010 champions also led last year, with 115.
Ross is 7-for-19 with four RBI in the past eight games after opening the season hitting .176 with one RBI in his first 10 games. The team's unexpected postseason hero last fall has picked up a good time to heat up. With Andres Torres' return to the roster Tuesday, the Giants have six outfielders (including pinch runner Darren Ford), and playing time could be dicey for some.
Torres started in center, Ross in right and Aaron Rowand in left Tuesday. Manager Bruce Bochy said he'll decide his outfield each night based on performance and matchups.
In another roster move, Mark DeRosa also came off the disabled list, and he started at third base. That meant the night off for Miguel Tejada, as recent hitting star Mike Fontenot remained at shortstop. Tejada is batting .195.
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