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

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

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.

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.

Junis limited a Mets lineup that had exploded for 26 runs the past two nights to just two over six innings of work, actually managing to raise his rotation-best ERA ever so slightly to 2.76. 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.

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.

Four of those came from Pederson in the span of six at-bats.

But it was a different player with a multi-homer game Wednesday.

After a jammed shoulder kept Evan Longoria from participating in the festivities Tuesday night, he took the first pitch he saw Wednesday from Mets starter Thomas Szapucki over the wall in dead center. Longoria, maybe suffering from a bout of FOMO from the previous night, went deep again in his second at-bat only an inning later, with a high shot that looped down the left field line.

“It’s been a while since I put together two good swings in a game, so that felt pretty good today,” Longoria said on NBC Sports Bay Area. “I knew it was going to take a little bit of time to settle in. I was hoping it would happen sooner and quicker, but it’s a long season. I’ve been making some hard contact that hasn’t landed, so just trying to build off those at-bats and keep moving forward.”

Longoria’s second home run immediately followed a similar blast to straightaway center from Mike Yastrzemski, giving the Giants their second set of back-to-back dingers this season (and first off a non-position player, with Luis González and Joey Bart’s homers off Albert Pujols as the only others).

Longoria has as many hits (4) in his past 12 at-bats as he did in his first 28 trips to the plate since returning from finger surgery, doubling his OPS, from .321 to .650, in the span of three games. His two home runs Wednesday gave him the 20th multi-homer game of his career and his first since July…

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