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With bat and glove, Crawford vital in SF's win

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MILWAUKEE -- To say that Brandon Crawford played an integral role in the Giants' 2-1 victory over the Brewers on Tuesday night would be an understatement.

Crawford delivered a leadoff homer in the third inning to tie the score, hammering a first-pitch changeup from Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson to right field.

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MILWAUKEE -- To say that Brandon Crawford played an integral role in the Giants' 2-1 victory over the Brewers on Tuesday night would be an understatement.

Crawford delivered a leadoff homer in the third inning to tie the score, hammering a first-pitch changeup from Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson to right field.

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"I knew he had [that pitch]," Crawford said. "I knew he'd try to mix it in."

Said Nelson: "That wasn't necessarily bad pitch selection. It just wasn't executed. I left it up."

Crawford also doubled in the ninth but was stranded.

Defensively, the National League's reigning Gold Glove winner wasn't spectacular, just efficient. He started a double play in the second inning that helped prevent a Milwaukee rally from mushrooming, and he had a similar effect in the third, when he threw home to retire Jonathan Villar, who tried to score from third on Domingo Santana's grounder.

Video: SF@MIL: Posey reaches back to tag out Villar

With San Francisco's infield playing halfway in to cut off the run, Crawford's throw traveled slightly to the first-base side of home plate. Catcher Buster Posey grabbed the ball and wheeled quickly to tag out Villar.

"I didn't have a lot of time, because I went to my left a little bit," Crawford said. Praising Posey for his deft play, he added, "Obviously, if he didn't make that tag, we might still be playing right now."

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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