BALTIMORE – Bruce Bochy knew he needed 25 managerial wins in 2019 to reach 1,000 with the Giants. Had a soothsayer told him he would still be short in June he might have pored over his contract looking for a loophole.
Yet here is, finally a win away, after the Giants beat the Orioles 8-1 behind Jeff Samardzija, and an a great offensive day from Evan Longoria and Brandon Crawford, to win their fourth series of at least three games and even their record on the trip at 3-3.
Bochy has three chances to reach 1,000 in New York, a few steps from where he played in his first big-league game 31 years ago at Shea Stadium.
Winning the series opener Tuesday night would be fitting because his starter is Madison Bumgarner, one of his two most tenured players.
“That would be pretty cool,” Bumgarner said. “I hope it does work out.”
With six strong innings in a loss at Miami on Wednesday night, Bumgarner began a turn through the rotation that included four quality starts out of five. Samardzija’s six-inning, one-run effort at Camden Yards was the fourth.
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Samardzija might have finished seven innings as Shaun Anderson did Saturday if not for Jonathan Villar, the O’s leadoff hitter, who went 0-for-3 but forced Samardzija to throw 11 and 12 pitches in consecutive encounters. The Shark seemed to laugh when he got Villar to fly out in the final at-bat.
“It’s a good thing he’s not in the division, or else I’d have to come up with a new pitch,” Samardzija said. “He definitely took one or two innings away from me.”
Samardzija could laugh because he knew he was on his way to his first win since April 23 behind an offense that punished Baltimore’s woeful pitching staff again.
Longoria was 0-for-the-trip when he homered on a hanging curveball from Gabriel Ynoa. Longoria added a two-run double on a two-out, two-strike slider from the right-hander and singled against reliever Dan Straily, who as a Marlin threw the pitch that fractured Longoria’s hand last August.
No active player has homered more times against the O’s than Longoria. This was his 41st.
Crawford hit solo homers in the sixth and eighth innings against different pitchers, his third career two-homer game. He quickly rattled off the names of Atlanta pitchers Mike Foltynewicz, Alex Wood and Jordan Walden, who surrendered the homers in his other two multihomer games, both at Turner Field, in 2014 and 2015.
“When you don’t have a lot of two-homer games, you remember them,” Crawford said.
Every Giant had at least one hit except for Pablo Sandoval.
Stephen Vogt started his second straight game as Buster Posey nursed what he and the Giants consider a minor hamstring injury. Just to be safe the club recalled Aramis Garcia from Triple-A and optioned reliever Sam Coonrod.
Bochy still hopes Posey can resume catching in New York on Tuesday.
Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter @hankschulman
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