Crawford's hit in ninth boosts Giants over Padres

9:18 PM, Jul 24, 2012   |    comments
San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (third from right) is hoisted in the air after Crawford hit a walk-off single to defeat the San Diego Padres 3 to 2 at AT&T Park. (Photo: US PRESSWIRE)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Brandon Crawford singled home Brandon Belt in the ninth inning to lift the San Francisco Giants over the San Diego Padres, 3-2, in the middle tilt of a three-game set at AT&T Park.

Belt, who replaced an injured Pablo Sandoval in the third, worked a walk, moved to second when Angel Pagan singled before advancing to third on a passed ball. With the infield drawn in, Crawford ripped a liner to right- center to bring in the winning run.

With Chase Headley on first and one out in the eighth Carlos Quentin ripped a ball into the gap in left-center but Pagan made an incredible diving-catch and fired to first to double-up Headley. The catch surely saved a run as Headley was already around second when Pagan made the catch.

Santiago Casilla (4-4) earned the win after tossing a hitless ninth. Madison Bumgarner started the game for the Giants, allowing both of the Padres runs on six hits while striking out nine in seven innings.

Joe Thatcher (0-4) was pegged with the loss after failing to record an out in the ninth.

 

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