The Rockies won on solo homers by Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado, but Barnes at least showed that the club could go to him with confidence in a tight game.
"It's huge, motivation to keep going and keep grinding it out," said Barnes, who earned another start Wednesday afternoon against the Giants' Matt Cain and went 1-for-4 with two walks and a run. "You're not going to win every game by a big margin. When you're facing a tough pitcher, you've got to grind out the at-bats and hang in until you score runs and win."
Barnes started regularly last season with the Astros, but he is demonstrating this season he can function with sporadic opportunities. He is batting .317, with a .366 on-base percentage in sporadic starting opportunities (eight starts in 20 appearances). He has hit .300 as a substitute and is 2-for-7 plus has two sacrifice bunts as a pinch-hitter.
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