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Ruggiano homers twice as Marlins beat Giants 7-2
MIAMI 7, SAN FRANCISCO 2

By JOSH DUBOW
AP Sports Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Miami manager Mike Redmond got immediate
results from his decision to put Justin Ruggiano in the leadoff
spot.



Ruggiano started the game with a home run in his third career
start in the leadoff spot and added a two-run shot in the ninth
that broke it open for the Marlins, who beat the Giants 7-2
Sunday for their 10th win in their last 11 games in San
Francisco.



"This guy's got a lot of power," Redmond said. "We talked about
our offense and trying to get guys in situations. We just led
him off in hopes he'd put together some good at-bats and it
happened, he hit a couple of big home runs. It was great. He had
a great day and was a huge part of the win today."



Nathan Eovaldi (1-0) held the Giants in check into the seventh
inning and Marcell Ozuna hit an RBI double and solo homer as the
Marlins bested Matt Cain (5-4) and a struggling San Francisco
bullpen to wrap up their first winning road trip of the season.



The Marlins went 4-3 in Arizona and San Francisco after taking
two of three at home against St. Louis as they try to put a
rough 16-44 start to the season in the past.



"Awesome road trip," Ruggiano said. "We played some tough teams.
To come out with a winning record, first time this year, you can
see things turn around a little bit. It's exciting to come to
the ballpark. We're having fun."



The defending World Series champion Giants dropped three of four
at home to the team with the worst record in the National
League, scoring just eight runs in the four games.



The Giants went 3-4 on the homestand that started with three
games against San Diego, marking their first losing homestand
since going 3-7 from July 23-Aug. 2 last summer. San Fracisco
had won or split the last 10 homestands.



"You can try to make excuses but really we didn't get the job
done," Cain said. "We didn't get some guys in when we needed to
and we didn't throw the ball like we needed to. We had some
games where we had the lead and we didn't finish it off. You
have to kind of just say it's over with and move on now."



The Giants did end a 90-inning home run drought when Hunter
Pence led off the seventh against Eovaldi with a drive over the
left field fence for his 12th of the season to cut Miami's led
to 3-2. It was San Francisco's first homer since a leadoff shot
by Gregor Blanco on June 14 in Atlanta.



The eight homerless games coincided with an injury to third
baseman Pablo Sandoval, who has been out since June 8 with a
left foot strain. Sandoval homered the past two days on a rehab
assignment with Class A San Jose and will be activated Monday
for the series opener in Los Angeles.



"We need a lift right now," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's a
big bat, presence in the lineup. Hopefully he'll take a little
pressure off the other guys trying to do too much. Any time
you're missing a guy that's hitting in the heart of the order it
does make it a little tougher. Hopefully he will spark this
lineup."



But Sandoval could only watch against Eovaldi and the Marlins.



Eovaldi allowed just two hits in the first five innings - a line
drive that went in and out of the glove of sliding right fielder
Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning and an infield hit between
the pitcher's mound and first base by Blanco in the fourth.



Eovaldi was finally touched for a run in the sixth when
pinch-hitter Tony Abreu tripled and scored on a groundout by
Marco Scutaro. Eovaldi's day ended when he walked Brandon Belt
following Pence's homer in the seventh. He allowed two runs and
four hits in six-plus innings.



Ryan Webb preserved the lead when he got pinch-hitter Joaquin
Arias to hit into a 1-6-3 double play with runners on first and
third to end the seventh.



"It's really just a reaction play," Webb said. "As soon as I
caught it, I just made sure I had the grip on it. Thankfully we
were able to turn it."



Chad Qualls pitched a scoreless eighth with help. Scutaro made
the second out at second base when he tried to advance after
Stanton threw to third following a single.



The Marlins broke the game open with a four-run ninth against
Jean Machi that featured homers by Ozuna and Ruggiano. It was
Ruggiano's second career multihomer game.



Cain pitched fairly well after the leadoff homer by Ruggiano on
the second pitch of the game. Cain struck out eight batters and
walked none in six innings.



The Marlins scored single runs in the fourth on an RBI double by
Ozuna and sixth when first baseman Belt couldn't handle a hot
shot by Logan Morrison for a run-scoring error that made it 3-0.



NOTES: San Francisco optioned INF Nick Noonan to Triple-A Fresno
after the game to make room for Sandoval. ... The Giants are
uncertain whether RHP Chad Gaudin will be able to start Tuesday
in Los Angeles after he took a line drive off his pitching elbow
in his last start. ... Madison Bumgarner (7-4) will start the
series opener against the Dodgers versus Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-3). ...
The Marlins are off Monday before beginning a two-game home
series Tuesday against Minnesota.

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