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Strides on defense helping Giants succeed

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Crawford was the only played Bruce Bochy named when talking about the improved Giants defense, but the manager did include praise for the entire team.

"We talked a lot about trying to do the little things better," Bochy said. "I think overall we made a lot of improvements. We still have some improvement to go. We're still making a couple mistakes here and there, but everybody does."

As Bochy likes to remind people, "you can have a good game without getting a base hit" and the Giants -- in the midst of a five-game errorless streak -- are doing just that.

Entering play Monday, the Giants ranked tied for fourth in the National League with a .985 fielding percentage. Their 22 errors on the season were tied for 17th best in all of baseball.

"The more you cut back on them, the better you're going to be -- especially when you're playing close games like we do," Bochy said.

Defense is an important component for every Major League team, but 25 of the Giants' 38 games have been decided by two runs or fewer, so there is rarely any margin for error.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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