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Shohei Ohtani’s first homer helps Dodgers sweep Giants

Apr 3, 2024, 9:54 PM | Updated: Apr 4, 2024, 7:05 am

Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Dodgers returns to the dugout after hitting a solo home run du...

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 3: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Dodgers returns to the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on April 3, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. The home run is Ohtani's first as a Dodger. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Shohei Ohtani hit his first home run in a Dodgers uniform as Los Angeles finished off a three-game sweep of the visiting San Francisco Giants with a 5-4 victory on Wednesday.

Ohtani went deep into the seats in right-center field in the seventh inning off Giants left-hander Taylor Rogers in his ninth game of the season, ending the longest season-opening homer drought of his major league career. Ohtani finished 2-for-4 with two runs.

The Dodgers have scored at least five runs in all nine games this season to extend their franchise record and move closer to the New York Yankees’ record of 13 games in 1932.

Tyler Glasnow (2-0) won for the second time in three starts and Miguel Rojas added a home run as the Dodgers finished 6-1 on their first homestand of the season.

Glasnow allowed three runs on four hits in six innings. He fanned seven and walked two.

Patrick Bailey and Jorge Soler each hit a home run and Michael Conforto added a two-run single as the Giants lost for the fifth time in seven games to open the season. They now head to the Bay Area for their home opener on Friday against the San Diego Padres.

San Francisco left-hander Kyle Harrison (1-1) gave up four runs on six hits over five innings with three walks and four strikeouts.

The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI groundout from Rojas before Bailey tied it in the third on his first home run. Will Smith hit an RBI double in the Dodgers’ half of the third, and Teoscar Hernandez followed with an run-scoring single for a 3-1 lead.

Rojas’ homer in the fourth increased the Los Angeles lead to three before the Giants pulled within 4-3 on Conforto’s two-run single.

The Dodgers got a bit more breathing room on Ohtani’s blast, his first with Los Angeles since he signed a 10-year, heavily deferred $700 million free agent contract in the offseason.

The Ohtani homer proved key when Soler crushed a 452-foot home run in the eighth inning to get the Giants within 5-4. However, Los Angeles right-hander Dinelson Lamet pitched a perfect ninth inning in his second appearance for the Dodgers to record his first career save.

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