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Helton's slump continues in San Francisco finale


SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies veteran first baseman Todd Helton went 0-for-3 with a walk, strikeout and run scored in Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Giants and is 3-for-26 (.115) in his past 10 games.

The slump drops Helton's average to .225 and his on-base percentage to .308 on-base percentage, with three home runs and 16 RBIs in 31 games.

Helton was 2-for-4 in Friday night's 5-0 victory, but has generally struggled more often than not. With second-year man Jordan Pacheco hitting .300 in part-time duty at first base and right fielder Michael Cuddyer also able to play the position, Helton understands he'll have to improve to maintain regular playing time.

At 39 and in the last year of his contract, Helton hopes to contribute offensively while sharing time at the position. There is a drop-off defensively when Helton is not in the lineup, but the Rockies need more than Helton has given them from the No. 6 slot in the lineup.

"I'm grinding," Helton said. "If you could see me in the [batting] cage, it's really good. But it hasn't translated over into the field yet. It's a big hurdle. I'm just trying to find one thing that clicks. When it does, I'm going to be right back on track. Until then, I've got to start producing."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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