Despite homer drought, Giants winning at home

Despite homer drought, Giants winning at home

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants had not hit a home run at AT&T Park in their last 16 home games heading into Tuesday's matchup against the Astros, the longest such streak in the club's San Francisco era.

The team has just one home run in its last 22 games at home, with the last Giants batter to hit a home run being Gregor Blanco on May 14 against the Rockies.

"That's a tough one," manager Bruce Bochy said. "You don't want guys trying to get home runs. We have more power, I think, than we've shown. I think Pablo [Sandoval's return] will help."

In 32 games at AT&T Park as of Tuesday, the Giants have a Major League-low six home runs at home this season, eight fewer than the next lowest club, and 46 fewer than the Major League-leading New York Yankees.

"If you start looking at that number and then all of a sudden we want guys getting home runs, that will just compound the problem," Bochy said.

Even with their power outage at home, the Giants are still 10-6 during the homer drought.

"Through all that, we've played really well, I thought," Bochy said. "We've found ways to score runs, that's the important thing. The home runs are nice, but when they're not coming, hopefully you're getting key hits."