SAN FRANCISCO---It wasn’t Dylan Bundy’s best outing. It still was good enough for his third straight win.
Bundy’s stuff wasn’t overpowering, and he fell a batter short of completing six innings on Friday night, but he allowed just a run on three hits while throwing 92 pitches.
The Orioles bullpen was mostly stout, and the end result was a win, and a recapturing of first place.
Mixing in home runs from Mark Trumbo and Chris Davis, who homered in the same game for the first time since June 26, the Orioles beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 before 41,479 at AT&T Park and regained first place in the AL East by a half-game because Toronto lost to Houston.
At game time it was 59 degrees, the coolest for any game in nearly three months, and Bundy (6-3) responded. He has thrown 18 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits in his last three starts.
“He just didn’t have a feel for his breaking ball tonight it may have had something to do with the cold weather. And the changeup is such a feel pitch, both of them,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Bundy knew he didn’t have the stuff that allowed him to recently take no-hitters into the sixth inning.
“You’ve just got to focus a little bit more, I think, and you’ve got to get the ball over the plate and try to let them get themselves out. I was throwing more two-seams or changeups over the middle of the plate and let them pop it up or ground out,” Bundy said.
After Hunter Pence doubled in the fourth, Bundy, Mychal Givens and Donnie Hart retired 13 straight.
Generally when the bullpen comes into the game, the Orioles feel the game is over.
“What else would you think? Those guys are the best in the game. They know how to get it done, even when the other team’s threatening a little bit. They find a way to shut them down,” Trumbo said.
Angel Pagan, the first batter of the ninth singled off Brad Brach, to break the streak of 13 straight Giants (65-50) batters retired.
Pagan moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Brandon Belt’s single. Zach Britton relieved him. Britton struck out Buster Posey, retired Brandon Crawford on a grounder to Jonathan Schoop and struck out Pence to end the game.
Britton saved his 36th straight game. He has a major league record of 40 straight relief appearances without allowing an earned run.
Trumbo believes Britton is the best he’s seen.
“I would say so. The swings each and every night, the scouting reports obviously say it all, but there’s not a lot you can do. It just has so much movement and it’s coming in at upper 90s, so usually he’s outstanding,” Trumbo said.
Jonathan Schoop and Matt Wieters doubled with one out in the second, and J.J. Hardy followed with a single. Adam Jones continued his hot hitting with a two-out RBI single against Matt Cain, and the Orioles (65-50) took a 2-0 lead.
Manny Machado singled to start the third, and Trumbo hit his 33rd home run for a 4-0 lead.
Trumbo’s home run was estimated at 441 feet, one of the longest hit at AT&T Park.
“I spoiled a few and got one I could handle. There were a lot of tough pitches tonight. They were doing a really nice job of executing over there, working the corners a little bit,” Trumbo said.
It was the second straight game the Orioles had an early lead.
“Yeah, I think it really helped. It’s an excellent ballclub over there and playing in this division, I’ve seen them firsthand for a while and they don’t beat themselves very often, so the fact that we had a little bit of a cushion was pretty good,” Trumbo said.
Bundy allowed a run in the third on a single to Joe Panik and a one-out double by Denard Span.
Chris Davis led off the fifth with his 24th home run, just his second since July 10.
Cain (4-7) left after the home run, having surrendered 11 hits, which equaled his career high.
Bundy and Hart each batted for the first time as major leaguers. Bundy struck out twice and grounded back to the mound. Hart struck out.
It wasn’t a memorable batting debut for the switch-hitting Bundy.
“Not much fun, obviously. I saw six pitches and struck out twice. It was still fun to go up there and get in the batter’s box. Not everybody can say they’ve done that before. It was cool, and I got to run down the line a little bit. It was interesting,” Bundy said.
NOTE: Kevin Gausman (3-9, 4.02) faces Madison Bumgarner (10-7, 2.20) on Saturday night at 9:05 p.m.