Oct 2, 2014 5:52 AM

Bumgarner, Giants silence Pirates 8-0 to advance

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Brandon Crawford figured the San Francisco Giants needed one run, maybe two, the way ace Madison Bumgarner was dealing. A grand slam provided all that and more, silencing a revved-up crowd and propelling San Francisco into the meat of the playoffs. Streaking in May and slumping in September, the Giants are back to their old resilient selves in October. Hey, it's what they do this time of year. Crawford's slam off Edinson Volquez in the fourth inning led the Giants to an 8-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League wild-card game Wednesday night, sending San Francisco on to Washington for the best-of-five Division Series starting Friday. "We thrive in these situations," Crawford said. "I don't know what it is. We just keep fighting no matter what the circumstance." The Giants won their eighth consecutive postseason game and seventh straight with their season on the line, a streak that dates back to their run to a World Series title in 2012.


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