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Crawford knew he had to remain in the game, and so he got up and hit the next pitch for a three-run homer to give San Francisco the lead in its 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night.
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Gregor Blanco added another three-run homer in the 11th as the Giants recovered after blowing a two-run lead in the 10th.
Manager Bruce Bochy rushed to Crawford's side after the shortstop fouled the ball off his knee. Bochy knew it was crucial that Crawford remain in the game.
"I was close to telling him that because we were out of players," Bochy said.
No need. Crawford already knew the situation.
"I was thinking about it a little bit when I was on the ground," Crawford said.
Crawford said the pain went away quickly -- especially after the homer, only his second of the season and his first since April 12.
"It's been a while since I hit a homer," Crawford said. "It felt pretty good."
The NL West-leading Giants have won five straight, including the first two games of this series.
The left-handed hitting Crawford pulled a cutter from Durbin into the seats in right.
"I tried to run it in there closer to him instead of leaving it on the plate and it didn't quite get there," Durbin said. "It just wasn't in enough."
The inning continued as third baseman Chipper Jones' second throwing error of the game allowed Justin Christian to reach base. With two outs, Durbin issued an intentional walk to Melky Cabrera before giving up Blanco's homer, also to right field, pushing the Giants' lead to 9-3.
Jones homered off Brad Penny in the 11th. The homer, Jones' eighth, gave him 1,596 career RBI, matching George Brett's record for third basemen.
Asked if the landmark was bittersweet, Jones said "Bitter."
Cabrera homered in the sixth and had a run-scoring single in the Giants' two-run 10th inning to give San Francisco a 3-1 lead.
Bochy said he will talk with pitching coach Dave Righetti and Casilla before deciding if he will change closers.
"He was too good tonight to do that," Bochy said of Casilla.
"We may have to change it up a little bit, but I don't want him to lose his confidence."
Jones' first error helped the Giants in the 10th.
Arias hit a one-out triple off Varvaro, who then intentionally walked Crawford. Christian hit a soft grounder to third base which Jones fielded while running toward the plate. Jones tried to make an underhand toss to McCann at the plate but threw the ball high, allowing Arias to score. Crawford raced to third on the error.
"Takes too much time to overhand it," Jones said. "It's one of those do or die plays. It turned out to be costly."
Varvaro walked Ryan Theriot to load the bases before Cabrera's bloop single drove in Crawford.
Juan Francisco's homer in the third gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead. Cabrera tied the game in the sixth with his ninth homer.
Vogelsong gave up four hits and one run with two walks and seven strikeouts. Minor gave up three hits and one run with two walks and seven strikeouts.
Minor, who struck out the side in the third, retired San Francisco's first 12 hitters.
Posey hit a leadoff double to right field in the fifth for the Giants' first hit.
The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 16 minutes by rain.
|Gregor Blanco connects for a three-run shot in the 11th inning to help the Giants drop the Braves. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Justin Christian, RF||6||1||0||0||0||0||0||.185|
|Ryan Theriot, 2B||5||0||0||0||1||2||0||.268|
|Melky Cabrera, LF||5||2||2||2||1||0||0||.354|
|Buster Posey, C||4||0||3||0||0||0||0||.308|
|Gregor Blanco, PR-CF||2||1||1||3||0||1||3||.255|
|Pablo Sandoval, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.299|
|Javier Lopez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Emmanuel Burriss, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.208|
|Santiago Casilla, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Matt Cain, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|Brad Penny, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Angel Pagan, CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.285|
|Eli Whiteside, C||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brandon Belt, 1B||3||1||0||0||2||2||2||.243|
|Joaquin Arias, SS-3B||4||1||1||0||1||2||3||.244|
|Ryan Vogelsong, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.065|
|c- Nate Schierholtz, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.250|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sergio Romo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brandon Crawford, SS||1||2||1||3||1||0||0||.240|
|a-lined out for Lopez in the 10th|
|b-grounded out for Casilla in the 11th|
|c-grounded out for Vogelsong in the 7th|
|2B - Buster Posey (19, Minor), Pablo Sandoval (15, Medlen)|
|3B - Joaquin Arias (3, Varvaro)|
|HR - Melky Cabrera (9, Minor), Gregor Blanco (5, Durbin), Brandon Crawford (2, Durbin)|
|RBI - Melky Cabrera 2 (48), Gregor Blanco 3 (25), Brandon Crawford 3 (24)|
|2-OUT RBI - Melky Cabrera (14), Gregor Blanco 3 (11)|
|SB - Angel Pagan (17, 2nd base off Minor/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Melky Cabrera (4, Dropped fly), Ryan Theriot (5, Misplayed grounder)|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Santiago Casilla (BS,6; W,3-4)||1||2||2||2||0||2||1||3.34|
|IBB - Pastornicky by Javier Lopez|
|HBP - Uggla (by Sergio Romo)|
|WP - Sergio Romo (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 105-68, Jeremy Affeldt 25-16, Sergio Romo 17-10, Javier Lopez 13-7, Santiago Casilla 17-12, Brad Penny 19-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Vogelsong 6-5, Jeremy Affeldt 2-4, Sergio Romo 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 24, Jeremy Affeldt 8, Sergio Romo 3, Javier Lopez 2, Santiago Casilla 5, Brad Penny 5|
|Michael Bourn, CF||6||0||1||0||0||3||5||.305|
|Martin Prado, LF||6||0||0||0||0||1||3||.311|
|Jason Heyward, RF||4||0||1||0||1||1||0||.272|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||5||1||1||0||0||0||3||.275|
|Brian McCann, C||4||1||1||2||1||0||1||.240|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||4||3||.218|
|Juan Francisco, 3B||2||1||1||1||0||0||2||.220|
|a- Chipper Jones, PH-3B||3||1||1||1||0||0||0||.313|
|Paul Janish, SS||5||0||1||0||0||1||2||.182|
|Mike Minor, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.034|
|Kris Medlen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|b- Matt Diaz, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.229|
|Eric O'Flaherty, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Craig Kimbrel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Eric Hinske, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.206|
|d- Tyler Pastornicky, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.252|
|Anthony Varvaro, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chad Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|e- David Ross, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.291|
|a-flied out for Francisco in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Medlen in the 7th|
|c-announced for Kimbrel in the 9th|
|d-was walked intentionally for Hinske in the 9th|
|e-singled for Durbin in the 11th|
|2B - Freddie Freeman (21, Casilla)|
|HR - Brian McCann (14, Casilla), Juan Francisco (7, Vogelsong), Chipper Jones (8, Penny)|
|RBI - Brian McCann 2 (48), Juan Francisco (19), Chipper Jones (35)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brian McCann 2 (23)|
|SB - Jason Heyward 2 (14, 2nd base off Vogelsong/Posey, 2nd base off Vogelsong/Posey)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Outfield Assists - Martin Prado 1|
|DP - Janish-Uggla-Freeman|
|E - Chipper Jones 2 (8, Throwing)|
|Anthony Varvaro (L,1-1)||1||2||4||3||3||1||0||5.28|
|IBB - Arias by Mike Minor, Crawford by Anthony Varvaro, Cabrera by Chad Durbin|
|HBP - Whiteside (by Anthony Varvaro)|
|WP - Mike Minor (2), Anthony Varvaro (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Minor 97-57, Kris Medlen 20-13, Eric O'Flaherty 11-7, Craig Kimbrel 9-7, Anthony Varvaro 34-16, Chad Durbin 19-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Minor 4-6, Kris Medlen 2-1, Eric O'Flaherty 3-0, Craig Kimbrel 2-0, Anthony Varvaro 1-2, Chad Durbin 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Mike Minor 22, Kris Medlen 5, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Craig Kimbrel 3, Anthony Varvaro 10, Chad Durbin 7|
|Attendance - 29410|
|Game Time - 4:08|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - D.J. Reyburn, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg|