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Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco Giants walked into a stadium filled with rally towels and threw a wet blanket on the whole thing. It was a familiar October script. Madison Bumgarner pitched a four-hit shutout, Brandon Crawford hit the fourth playoff grand slam in team history and the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 in the National League wild-card game Wednesday night. The Giants have won seven straight playoff elimination games, including five on the road. Bumgarner (1-0) kept them out of trouble in this one, scattering four hits and a walk while striking out 10, and giving the Pirates little hope of scoring a rally against him. So when Crawford homered with no outs in the fourth inning off Edinson Volquez (0-1), it cast a pall over the crowd of 40,629 -- a PNC Park record -- that lasted the rest of the game. Indeed, it had none of the drama of Tuesdays instant-classic AL wild-card game between Kansas City and Oakland, which the Royals won in the bottom of the 12th inning. The Giants are OK with that. They will face the NL East-champion Nationals in a division series with Game 1 scheduled for Friday in Washington. Theres a lot of work ahead of us. We know that, said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. Were going to be facing a very good team coming up. We know that. All we wanted was a chance. Thats all you can ask. (The wild-card game) is a do- or-die situation, but these guys have been here before. The Pirates were eliminated after making the playoffs for the second season in a row. They hosted the NL wild-card game last year, beating Cincinnati 6-2 in their first playoff game since 1992. Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle stuck with Volquez after the Giants loaded the bases with no outs on singles by Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence and a walk by Brandon Belt. He didnt call the bullpen until after Crawford lined a two-strike curveball into the right-field seats. Those three guys ahead of me getting on was huge. It set up the whole inning, said Crawford. You get a little confidence when those three guys get on. I only wanted to get one (run). Fortunately I got four. When someone like (Bumgarner) gets four runs, its lights-out. Volquez looked shell-shocked. The right-hander hadnt given up more than three runs in any of his last 12 starts, going 5-0 with 15 earned runs allowed and 64 strikeouts in 76 innings since his last loss July 21 to the Dodgers. The last Giants grand slam in the playoffs was hit by Buster Posey in Game 5 of the 2012 NLDS against Cincinnati, San Franciscos third straight win facing elimination in that series. They went on to beat St. Louis in three straight elimination games in the NL Championship Series that year before sweeping Detroit for their second World Series title in three years. Volquez stayed in the game until walking Pence to lead off the sixth inning. Pence went to second base on Justin Wilsons wild pitch and scored on Belts single to make it 5-0. Belt added a two-run single off Jared Hughes in the seventh and Posey had an RBI hit off Bobby LaFromboise in the eighth. Bumgarner, making his seventh postseason start at the age of 25, was perfect in four of his nine innings. The four his he gave up were all singles, including two to Josh Harrison. He threw 109 pitches, including 79 strikes. Hurdle said Bumgarner pitched a different game ... than what we scouted and threw all his pitches, in particular a changeup he said he used to keep the Pirates off-balance. He had it all working tonight, Hurdle said. Absolutely a very professional and well-pitched game by him tonight. It was the second postseason start for Volquez, who has been overshadowed both times. 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