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Pablo Sandoval’s career has taken a precipitous drop since his first stint with the San Francisco Giants ended after a third World Series title in five seasons in 2014.

But the man affectionately known as Kung Fu Panda provided a highlight Saturday in an unusual manner: on the mound.

In the first game of a doubleheader against their division rival Los Angeles Dodgers, Giants pitching was roughed up for 15 runs in eight innings. With a second game to play, manager Bruce Bochy turned to his veteran infielder to work the ninth.

Sandoval responded by setting down Dodgers hitters Max Muncy, Yasmani Grandal and Chris Taylor in order via three ground-ball outs. Sandoval threw 11 pitches, eight for strikes, including a low-70s mph curveball and a high-80s fastball.

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The Dodgers won the game 15-6.

Sandoval has played in 18 games this season, seven as a starter, and is hitting .243 with a .722 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, one home run and seven RBI.

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