Grand Slam Helps Giants Shutout Pirates In Playoff Game

San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford, center, is greeted by teammates Brandon Belt, left, and Hunter Pence right, after hitting a grand slam against the Pittsburgh Pirates. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The San Francisco Giants decisively beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 in the National League wild-card game Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.

Brandon Crawford hit a grand slam, the first by a shortstop in postseason history.

His record hit came in the fourth inning off a pitch by Edinson Volquez.

On the mound for the Giants, Madison Bumgarner pitched a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts.

Pittsburgh fans were hoping for a repeat of last year's wild-card game, when the Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds.

Up until then, the Pirates had not seen action in the postseason for 21 years.

Wednesday night was San Francisco's eighth consecutive postseason game.

The Giants will play the Washington Nationals on Friday in the best-of-five Division Series.

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