Pence earns NL Player of Week honors

San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence has been named National League Player of the Week for the period ending Sept. 15.

Pence led the majors with six homers, 19 RBI and 32 total bases in seven games. He also tied for the league lead with 13 hits and scored eight runs. Pence went 13-for-29 and helped the Giants post a 5-2 record.

Pence matched a career-high on Tuesday with six RBI in a 9-8 loss to Colorado, but came back on Saturday and clubbed his fourth career grand slam en route to a career-best seven RBI. Pence became the third Giants batter since 1958 to drive in seven runs in the first five innings of a game, joining Jeff Kent and Jim Ray Hart.

This was his third career weekly honor, having won his previous two as a member of the Houston Astros.

Also considered for the award were Pence's San Francisco teammates Brandon Belt and Gregor Blanco, Atlanta's Freddie Freeman, Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt, Washington's Wilson Ramos, Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman, Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole and Atlanta's Kris Medlen.