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Darin Ruf homers twice to lead Giants over Dodgers

Darin Ruf homers twice to lead Giants over Dodgers

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants were far from full strength in their first matchup of the year against the Dodgers last month, and it showed. Unable to overcome a COVID outbreak and a rash of injuries to several regulars, the Giants were overmatched by their archrivals, leading to a two-game sweep at Dodger Stadium. 

A healthier version of the Giants proved more competitive in Round 2 at Oracle Park on Friday night, rolling to a 7-2 win over the Dodgers behind a pair of home runs from Darin Ruf.

But the victory was marred by renewed injury concerns, with right-hander Jakob Junis (left hamstring strain) and third baseman Evan Longoria (left hamstring tightness) both exiting early.

Junis, who has emerged as one of San Francisco’s most consistent starters since filling in for the injured Anthony DeSclafani in the rotation, held the Dodgers to two runs over five-plus innings, but he departed after collapsing on the mound while delivering his fourth pitch of the sixth. Junis immediately grabbed his left leg and promptly left the game, limping off the field with athletic trainer L.J. Petra and manager Gabe Kapler. 

“To pitch well against a team like that and for that to happen at the very back end of that outing, it’s pretty frustrating, I’m not going to lie,” Junis said. “I’m hoping for the best.”

Junis, who has a 2.63 ERA over nine appearances this season, will undergo an MRI exam on Saturday to determine the severity of the injury. Kapler acknowledged that it’s possible the 29-year-old right-hander could require a stint on the injured list, which would be a blow to a team that is already down two starters in DeSclafani (right ankle inflammation) and Alex Cobb (neck strain).

“It’s a concern,” Kapler said. “That means we’re going to have to do some work to fill that spot in the rotation. We’ll do some work to fill the roster spot and do everything we can to weather the storm, if we lose an excellent starter for us who’s been as good as…

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