For the first time this season, the Orioles have put together a four-game winning streak, moving to 21-13 on the year with their win over Kansas City last night. More good news?
With the Minnesota Twins knocking off the Boston Red Sox, the surging O's have also moved into a tie for first place in the American League East.
J.J. Hardy homered Wednesday — for the third time in four games — and Manny Machado continued to deliver in the clutch, driving in a run, to lead the Orioles to a 5-3 win. Chris Tillman won his third game of the early season and closer Jim Johnson picked up his 13th save.
As Johnson told reporters after the game, the O's have picked right up where they left off last season when they reached the playoffs for the first time in 15 seasons.
"I feel like we really haven't lost a step from where we finished [in 2012] or how we finished last year," Johnson, who notched his 34th regular season save in a row to match Randy Myers (1997) for the club record, told MLB.com. "But I think ... guys are really starting to get a good feel for what's going on and what's expected of them. All 25 are going in the same direction."
Tonight, the Orioles put Freddy Garcia, who pitched well in his last start, on the hill as they look for a series sweep against Kansas City. The Royals will trot out former O's starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Good seats remain available last time we checked.
Let's go, O's!