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With 4 more HRs, SF Giants salvage home stand by clinching series vs. Mets

Evan Webeck, The Mercury News on

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SAN FRANCISCO — There was no possible way, no imaginable scenario, that Joc Pederson and the Giants could find an encore Wednesday to match the maniacal back-and-forth with the Mets from the previous night, featuring three Joc Jams.

That wasn’t going to stop them from trying.

After mashing three home runs Wednesday night, Pederson did it again in his first trip to the plate Wednesday afternoon, barely 12 hours since his last one the night before. That was only the start of San Francisco’s onslaught in a 9-3 win over the Mets that clinched the three-game series with the NL East leaders and provided a positive spin on a home stand that couldn’t have started any worse.

Pederson “continued his momentum into today,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “I can understand why teams after yesterday’s performance might be a little more careful with him, and that’s what happened today.”

The Giants launched three more long balls in the first two innings, providing more than enough support for Jakob Junis in arguably the high point of an already impressive run of starts since joining the big club.

After harnessing his changeup in his last outing, Junis mixed it effectively with his go-to slider to limit a Mets lineup that had exploded for 26 runs the past two nights to just two over six innings of work. The only damage the Mets were able to muster came on one mistake pitch that Francisco Lindor placed in the left-field seats and a leadoff walk in the second that doted around the pond.

 

“He’s been instrumental to our success,” Kapler said. “If he does nothing else, he’s already helped us win several baseball games. I think we envisioned that he would come up and make very important starts for us. So he’s doing what we expected him to do, but he’s done it in a more sustained fashion.”

The two runs Junis allowed over six innings actually managed to raise his rotation-best ERA to 2.76.

“There’s a good possibility that we lean on him going forward as one of our main starters in our rotation,” Kapler said of Junis, who started the season at Triple-A Sacramento.

At one point, spanning from the third inning of Tuesday night’s game through the second inning Wednesday, the Giants played nine innings of baseball and launched eight home runs.

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