Pablo Sandoval, Adam Jones

Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones (10) rounds the bases past Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, June 11, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Baltimore Orioles are just two games behind the lead of the American League East division after winning six straight games from June 9 through 13. Series wins over the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox improved the Orioles; record to 31-30 as of June 14.

June 9-11: O’s Sweep Boston at Camden Yards
Both Baltimore and Boston struggled offensively against their opposing pitchers in Game One on June 9 at Camden Yards. Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez gave up just four hits and no runs in 4-1/3 innings, and Baltimore’s bullpen was just as stingy, allowing just one hit while shutting the Red Sox out through the remaining five innings of the game. But Boston’s pitching was just as good, holding the Orioles to just five hits. Baltimore’s lone run came when Steve Pearce scored on a wild pitch by Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes in the seventh inning, but it was enough to give the O’s a 1-0 victory.

Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen continued the streak of strong pitching in Game Two on June 10, allowing just seven hits and two runs over five innings in a 5-2 win. Relievers Tommy Hunter, and Darren O’Day each pitched two innings of no-hit baseball. J.J. Hardy had a team-high two RBI for Baltimore and Ryan Flaherty added two key hits, including an RBI of his own. Adam Jones added an RBI and also made two big catches in center field.

Adam Jones

The Orioles went the yard in Game Three on June 11, piling up three home runs in a 6-5 win to sweep the series. Jones, Manny Machado and Nolan Reimold each hit homers. Baltimore starter Chris Tillman surrendered four earned runs in 5-2/3 innings. But the Orioles bullpen settled down Boston’s batters, and closer Zach Britton earned his 17 save of the season.

June 12-13: Baltimore Wins Two at Home over Yankees
The Orioles picked up where they left off in Game One against the New York on June 12. Chris Davis and Caleb Joseph both hit homeruns to lift the Orioles to an 11-3 rout of the Yankees. Davis was outstanding at the plate, recording three hits and four RBI. Jimmy Paredes also had three hits for Baltimore. Starter Ubaldo Jimenez allowed six hits and three runs through five innings.

In Game Two on June 13, the Orioles hit three homers for the second time in three games. This time it was Reimold, Machado and David Lough who went the yard in a 9-4 victory for the O’s. Machado was the star of the game with a team-high three hits and four RBI. Starter Bud Norris  gave up eight hits and four earned runs through 5-2/3 innings pitched.

Next: Baltimore will finish out its home series with the Yankees on June 14, before facing the Philadelphia Phillies in a four-game series from June 15 through 18; the first two games will be played in Baltimore, and the last two in Philly. The O’s will then take on the Blue Jays in a three-game series in Toronto from June 19 through 21.