Giants sink Pirates in NL Wild Card playoff

Thu Oct 2, 2014 1:02am EDT
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PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A four-hit shutout by Madison Bumgarner and a grand slam by Brandon Crawford carried the San Francisco Giants to an 8-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Wild Card playoff on Wednesday.

Crawford launched a hanging curve from Pirates starter Edinson Volquez into the right field seats in the fourth inning to snap a scoreless tie. It was the first post-season grand slam hit by a shortstop.

With Brandon Belt adding three RBIs with a pair of singles, left-hander Bumgarner sailed through the Pirates lineup giving up four hits, striking out 10 and walking one in a masterful performance.

"Crawford obviously gave us a nice cushion, but it starts with that guy on the mound and what a job he did," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said about ace starter Bumgarner.

"It's hard to put together a better game than we just had."

The victory sent the Giants into the best-of-five NL Divisional Series against the top-seeded NL East champion Washington Nationals starting on Friday.

NL West winners the Los Angeles Dodgers host the NL Central champion St. Louis Cardinals in the other divisional series.

LIGHTS OUT   Continued...

Oct 1, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) hits a grand slam home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning of the 2014 National League Wild Card playoff baseball game at PNC Park. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports