Brandon Crawford celebrates his home run during the sixth inning of the Giants' spring training matchup against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. (Chris Carlson/AP)

Jeff Samardzija sharp with 5 strikeouts in first appearance as Giant vs. Dodgers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Giants starter Jeff Samardzija struck out five in three innings Sunday in San Francisco’s 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Samardzija gave up one run and five hits in his second start for his new team.

Yasiel Puig struck out in his first at-bat and then singled against Samardzija. Puig later drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Brandon Crawford homered for the Giants. Carl Crawford had two hits, including a triple, and drove in two runs for the Dodgers.

Samardzija opened with a flourish, getting Crawford, Joc Pederson and Puig on strikes and endearing himself to Giants fans at a sold-out Scottsdale Stadium.

“Every time out I want to have a strong first inning,” Samardzija said. “It can make for a longer day if the first is a grind. You want to strike a balance to be under control and still carry the excitement of pitching out there.”

Samardzija struck out Puig and Chase Utley on sliders, something he wanted to work on after using primarily fastballs in his first start.

“I proved the fastball was good enough and I threw some good sliders,” he said. “You check things off the list. The fastball was good early and I can move on. I kept the ball down better this time.”Brandon Crawfordcarl crawfordChase UtleyLos Angeles DodgersMLBSan Francisco Giantsspring trainingYasiel Puig

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