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Brandon Crawford's HR helps Giants take Miami series


AP
3:44 p.m. EDT August 10, 2016

MIAMI (AP) — Two days after Brandon Crawford battered the Miami Marlins with seven hits, he beat them with one swing.

Crawford homered in the fourth inning and the San Francisco Giants won a series for the first time since the All-Star break, defeating Miami 1-0 Wednesday.

Crawford tied an NL record with seven hits in the opener of the three-game set. In the finale he put San Francisco ahead with his 11th homer leading off the fourth.

The Giants went 4-5 on their trip and improved to 8-16 since the All-Star break. They began the day tied for the NL West lead with the surging Dodgers, who played later Wednesday.

Jeff Samardzija (10-8) pitched 5 2/3 innings to best his former Notre Dame teammate, David Phelps. Samardzija had lost his past three starts.

Four relievers completed a five-hitter. Santiago Casilla pitched around a two-out double in the ninth by Ichiro Suzuki, striking out J.T. Realmuto to earn his 26th save.

Miami’s lack of offense frustrated hitting coach Barry Bonds, who was ejected for the first time this season in the sixth…

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