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Brandon Crawford out for Giants due to tight left oblique

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Some bad news for the Giants, who stand three games back of the Dodgers in the NL West …

Brandon Crawford is out of the starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Cubs after leaving Tuesday’s game with tightness in his left oblique.

It’s believed to be a minor tweak — not a full-blown oblique strain — and Crawford is hopeful that he’ll feel well enough to return in a couple of days.

San Francisco has not been able to capitalize on the Dodgers’ recent rut, and losing Crawford for any period of time is a tough blow. There’s no room in the Wild Card race for a team outside the NL Central.

Crawford is having a breakout season at age 28, with an .806 OPS (123 OPS+), 19 home runs, and 75 RBI in 121 games. And he has continued to play upper-tier defense at shortstop.

Video: Amy Crawford watches fiance strike out her brother

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Pretty cool moment here from Saturday’s game between the Giants and Pirates at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park. Amy Crawford — the sister of Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford and fiance of Pirates ace Gerrit Cole — was in the stands as the two faced off three different times. This was the fifth-inning meeting …

Cole also fanned Crawford in the sixth and got him to fly out in the second. Pittsburgh won 3-2.

Video: Starling Marte robs Brandon Crawford of a home run

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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte saved a run for starter Gerrit Cole, venturing back to the wall in left field and bringing a Brandon Crawford fly ball back from beyond the fence in the second inning on Saturday afternoon at PNC Park. Cole had thrown an 0-1, 95 MPH fastball, which Crawford drove to the opposite field.

It proved to be a crucial play as the two teams would carry a 1-1 tie into the seventh inning. Jung Ho Kang provided the Pirates’ first run with a solo homer, and broke the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the seventh with another solo blast. Marte would win it in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off solo home run off of George Kontos.

Watch Marte’s nice snag: