Crawford's single lifts Giants past Padres 3-1

Sep 27, 2014 6:13 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Brandon Crawford hit a two-run single with two outs in the eighth inning, leading the San Francisco Giants over the San Diego Padres 3-1 Saturday.

San Francisco (87-74) already has clinched a playoff berth and will play at Pittsburgh or St. Louis in the one-game, wild-card playoff on Wednesday. The winner advanced to face Washington in a best-of-five division series.

Crawford, one of just two Giants regulars in the starting lineup, was hitless in three at-bats until his broken-bat single to left off Dale Thayer (4-5) broke a 1-all tie, driving in Matt Duffy and Brandon Belt.

San Diego had walked Andrew Susac to load the bases, and Thayer struck out pinch-hitter Pablo Sandoval before Crawford's hit.

Hunter Strickland (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for his first decision in nine big league appearances. Santiago Casilla worked a perfect ninth for his 19th save in 23 chances.

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