Orioles back in first in AL East with win over Giants
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) In just his sixth career start, Dylan Bundy relied on mental strength more than physical dominance to pitch the Baltimore Orioles back into first place in the AL East.
Bundy allowed one run and three hits in 5 2-3 innings, Mark Trumbo regained the major league lead with his 33rd home run and Zach Britton notched his 36th save, leading the Orioles to a 5-2 victory against the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Bundy (6-3) didn't have a good feel for his curveball and ''it was good seeing him compete and fight through it.''
Bundy acknowledged he didn't have command of his pitches at points and refused to blame it on a cool night in San Francisco, with the temperature in the 50s.
''Weather is the easy excuse, but it was just that you can't have your best stuff every time,'' Bundy said. ''You just got to focus a little more, get the ball over the plate and let them get themselves out.''
Trumbo's two-run homer in the third inning off Giants starter Matt Cain traveled an estimated 441 feet, landing near the back of the stands in left field. Earlier Friday, Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion hit his 32nd home run to tie Trumbo for the MLB lead.
Trumbo said he hadn't known that Encarnacion had homered, and said it was way too early to worry about who's leading the majors in homers.
''The win matters, I don't care about the other stuff,'' he said.
The Orioles' win, coupled with the Blue Jays' 5-3 home loss to Houston, moved Baltimore back into first place by a half-game over Toronto. The Giants retained their one-game lead in the NL West over the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost 5-1 at home to Pittsburgh.
Chris Davis led off the fifth with his 24th homer of the season for the Orioles, who are 4-4 on a 10-game road trip that ends Sunday in San Francisco.
Matt Wieters and Adam Jones had RBIs in the Orioles' two-run second.
Denard Span drove in San Francisco's first run with a third-inning double. Brandon Belt added an RBI single in the ninth.
Britton, who leads the AL in saves, has not blown a save this season, and hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 40 games.
Cain (4-7), who had won his previous three starts, gave up five runs and 11 hits in four-plus innings.
''I just got pitches back on the plate a little bit more today,'' Cain said. ''I got the heaters on the plate and they didn't miss them.''
The Giants have lost eight of their last 10 interleague games.
Orioles: Showalter said RHP Darren O'Day was sent home to Baltimore for tests after experiencing shoulder discomfort in Thursday's relief appearance at Oakland. ... Showalter said INF Steve Pearce, who has missed four games with an injured flexor tendon in his right arm, should be ready to return Saturday.
Giants: Manager Bruce Bochy said there's no date set for the return of RHP Cory Gearrin, who has made five relief appearances at Triple-A Sacramento while rehabbing from a right shoulder strain.
The Giants will dedicate a nine-foot bronze statue to Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry on Saturday before their game against the Orioles. Fellow Giants Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal and Orlando Cepeda, all of whom already have statues outside AT&T Park, are expected to attend. Perry, 77, talking before Friday's game, as usual refused to say whether he ever doctored the ball during his 22-year MLB career.
LHP Donnie Hart got four straight outs in relief for the Orioles, hours after being recalled from Double-A Bowie. Hart made his MLB debut July 17 at Tampa Bay and had 2 2/3 scoreless innings in three previous appearances with Baltimore.
The Giants opened a 10-game homestand after finishing a 4-5 road trip to Philadelphia, Washington and Miami. Bochy said he was looking forward to having 15 of the team's next 18 games in San Francisco. ''It's important to have a good homestand and get back to who we are,'' he said. ''We've been sputtering since the All-Star break.''
Orioles: Kevin Gausman (3-9, 4.02 ERA) starts Saturday against the Giants. He is tied for the team lead with quality starts in 60 percent of his 20 outings this season.
Giants: Madison Bumgarner (10-7, 2.20) makes his 25th start of 2016 on Saturday. The Giants have lost his last five starts, including a 1-0 complete game defeat at Washington last Sunday.