A three-game win streak boosted the Baltimore Orioles record to nine games above .500 at 19-10; but as of May 6, they still trail the New York Yankees (19-9) for the lead in the American League East by half a game.

Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones lays down a bunt single in front of Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez in the third inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Baltimore knocked off the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox in three consecutive games, May 4-6. The Orioles got their offense rolling during the win streak. After struggling to produce runs in two straight losses to the Yankees last week, they scored 18 runs in its three wins this weekend. 

Manny Machado powered an 8-3 win to close out a four-game series with the Red Sox on May 4; he hit his seventh home run of the season and recorded three RBI in the game. He later hit his eighth homer of the year in a 6-5 win over the White Sox on May 6 and Trey Mancini hit his sixth home run in the same game. 

Chris Davis nailed his fourth homer of the year in a 4-2 win over Chicago on May 5.

The power bats that Baltimore has been known to roster are starting to come alive, but more impressively, the pitchers are still throwing heat, too. Gabriel Ynoa came out of the bullpen early on May 5 and went six innings without allowing a run. Tyler Wilson won his second game this season on May 4, allowing just three runs in six innings. And even though ace closer Zach Britton has missed games due to injury, his usual set-up man, Brad Brach, has done well filling in for him. Brach has six saves in Britton’s absence. 

It’s hard to beat a team when it’s hot on both offense and defense. Expect the Orioles to win a lot of games if they can keep this kind of productivity up.

Next: The Orioles will face the red hot Washington Nationals in a four-game series May 8-11, and then faces Kansas City in a three-gamer May 12-14.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor