If there's such a thing as baseball karma, it may have a delayed effect. That seems to be the case for Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock.

Entering Tuesday's game against the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field, Pollock was hitting 0 for 13 over three games to start the season — 0 for 18, including the team's four exhibition games between their two Opening Days.

Pollock was going so poorly, manager Kirk Gibson felt for sure he'd win Monday's game for the Diamondbacks when he came up to bat in the ninth inning. The team trailed by one with two outs and the tying run at second in the form of Chris Owings.

Pollock had gone 0 for 5 with four strikeouts to that point in the game. Surely things would turn around for him the big moment, right? Instead, Pollock popped out harmlessly to end the game.

"I honestly thought that A.J. was going to win the game for us last night, just because of the kind of day that he had," manager Kirk Gibson said before Tuesday's game.

Instead, Gibson had to settle for Pollock winning the next game. Batting eighth instead of leadoff for the first time this season Tuesday, Pollock went 3 for 4 and scored twice to help Arizona to a 5-4 win in front of 18,974.

Pollock made the most of his opportunities, getting hits in his first three plate appearances after having reached base just twice on walks entering the game. In the fourth, he avoided two close outs on the bases, scoring on a passed ball to bring Arizona within a run. In the sixth, he tied the game with a ground-rule double and later scored the go-ahead run on Gerardo Parra's sacrifice fly.

For Pollock, it shows the importance of staying even-keeled through a rough patch. Three hitless games in June probably go unnoticed, but when they come from the top of the order and at the top of the season, that's something else.

"I'm not a guy that really looks at the stats, but this park does a good job of displaying stats," Pollock said after the game. "Everywhere I look, there's a stat. You get out and it drops, and in the whole park, numbers go down. It's a little hard."

Pollock was hitting .425 in spring training before the team left for Australia.

It would be more than two weeks until he got another hit in a game, exhibition or otherwise.

He wondered if part of his swing got lost in baggage on the flight Down Under. Eventually, he realized thinking something was off increased his likelihood of failure at the plate.