The Baltimore Orioles enjoyed the lead in the American League East division momentarily this past week when they claimed a second straight win over the visiting Washington Nationals on May 9.
Baltimore took the first two games of a four-game series with the Nationals, against whom the Orioles had won eight of their last 10 matchups.
But when the four-game, home-and-home series moved to D.C., Baltimore lost to Washington, 7-6. The finale of that series was postponed due to rain.
The losing slump continued as the Orioles dropped their first two matchups of a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals on May 12 and May 13. Starter Dylan Bundy allowed just four hits and two runs through six innings on May 12, but the Royals broke through in the eighth inning to claim a 3-2 victory.
Chris Tillman gave up eight hits and three runs through four innings in the following game, but was rescued by the O’s bullpen, who surrendered only a solo homerun to Royals outfielder Brandon Moss in the sixth inning. That run would be decisive, however, as Baltimore’s offense again failed to produce. The Orioles gave up just seven runs combined in both games, but scraped together only five runs of their own in response.
Chris Davis hit his fifth homerun of the year in the May 13 loss, but his fellow slugger, Mark Trumbo, has just four homers; he had 11 by this point last season.
The three-game losing slump pushed the O’s to second place in the AL East behind the New York Yankees.
Next: Baltimore hopes to get its offense going as it takes on the Detroit Tigers in a three-away-game series from May 16-18, followed by a three-home-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays from May 19-21.