BALTIMORE – Bruce Bochy knew he needed just 25 managerial wins in 2019 to reach 1,000 with the Giants. Had he known he still be short in June he might have pored over his contract looking for an escape clause.
Yet here is, finally a win away, after the Giants behind Jeff Samardzija and an oddly rampaging lineup beat the Orioles 8-1 Sunday to complete their fourth series win this season of at least three games and even their record on the trip at 3-3.
Evan Longoria, who was hitless on the trip, homered, hit a two-run double and set up a Pablo Sandoval sacrifice fly with a single. Brandon Crawford had his third career two-homer game.
Bochy now has three chances to reach 1,000 Giants wins in New York, against the Mets, just a few steps from where he made his big-league debut as a player 31 years ago: Shea Stadium. Bochy is 50 wins shy of 2,000 for his career.
Tuesday night’s series opener presents the marquee matchup, with Madison Bumgarner facing marquee matchup, when Madison Bumgarner faces Noah Syndergaard.
Before the game, Bochy got his an on-field tribute. The Orioles and manager Brandon Hyde, a North Bay native, presented Bochy a set of two engraved bottles of Sagamore Spirit rye and two glasses.
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Samardzija then gifted Bochy six innings of one-run ball and earned his first win since April 23.
Samardzija spotted the Orioles a 1-0 lead on a Trey Mancini homer in the second inning. Gabriel Ynoa held it until he hung a breaking ball in the fourth and Longoria hit it out, ending his hitless streak at 21 at-bats.
Longoria has more homers against the Orioles, 41, than any active player.
The rally continued when Brandon Belt walked with two outs and scored when Kevin Pillar pooched a double past first base that died on the grass in short right field, allowing Belt to score for a 2-1 Giants lead.
Belt should have been caught stealing when he took off early, but Ynoa was called for a balk for flinching with his front foot before he stepped off and threw to second base.
An inning later, Longoria drove in two more on a two-strike, two-out double, the kind of clutch hit the Giants have watched the opponents enjoy far more than they have. A Steven Vogt walk and an error set the stage for the unearned runs.
Vogt caught for a second straight day 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: email@example.com Twitter @hankschulman
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