The Baltimore Orioles won three of five games between April 13 and April 18, taking two games from the division rival New York Yankees before splitting wins with the Boston Red Sox in a weekend series. Baltimore carries a 6-5 record and sits in second place in the American League East.

April 13-15: Baltimore Claims Two Wins over Yankees at Home

New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann, left, reaches but can’t make the tag in time as Baltimore Orioles’ Delmon Young slides across home plate for a run on a single by Caleb Joseph in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Wei-Yin Chen got the start for the Orioles in Game One of a three-game home series against New York on April 13 and pitched a solid game, allowing just four hits and two runs through six innings of work. But Tommy Hunter relieved Chen in the seventh inning and immediately gave up four runs, setting New York up for a 6-5 victory. O’s center fielder Adam Jones hit his third home run of the season and had a team-high three hits with two RBI in the loss.

Baltimore flipped the script in Game Two on April 14, beating the Yankees, 4-3. Starter Miguel Gonzalez pitched a beautiful game, tossing 10 strikeouts while surrendering only four hits and one run in seven innings. Kevin Gausman came in for Gonzales in the eighth inning but was pulled after giving up two quick runs. Zach Britton closed out the game for his second save of the season. Baltimore had success hitting against Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia; Adam Jones nailed a home run for the second straight game, marking his fourth of the season. Everth Cabrera and Caleb Joseph both also came up with big RBIs off Sabathia.

Game Three on April 15 fell on the league-wide celebration of Jackie Robinson Day, and saw the Orioles pull off a 7-5 win. Following a modest start, Baltimore’s bats got red hot in the sixth inning as the O’s scored five runs. Jonathan Schoop hit his third homer of the season and Manny Machado also went the yard for his first homer of the year. Starting pitcher Bud Norris threw seven strikeouts while giving up three runs in five innings. Britton earned his third save of the year.
April 17-18: O’s Split First Two Weekend Games in Boston

Baltimore Orioles’ Caleb Joseph hits an rbi single in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Boston. (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl)

Traveling to Fenway Park for a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox, Baltimore lost Game One on April 17. 3-2. Starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and the O’s bullpen had a strong performance, holding the Red Sox to just four hits and three runs. But the Orioles struggled offensively, recording just five hits. Joseph had the only RBI of the game for Baltimore, a home run in the fifth inning.

Oriole ace Chris Tillman took the mound for Game Two on April 18 and led Baltimore to a dominant 4-1 win. Tillman pitched five scoreless innings and didn’t give up his first earned run until the sixth inning. Brad Brach and Darren O’Day both came out of the bullpen in relief before Britton eventually closed out the game for his fourth save of the season. Jones led all batters with three hits and Chris Davis picked up his second home run of the season with a ninth inning blast that helped seal the win for the Orioles.

Next: The Orioles will complete their four-game road series against Boston with Game Three on April 19 and Game Four on April 20. The O’s then head to Toronto for a three game series with the Blue Jays from April 21 to 23, before returning to Baltimore to host the Red Sox in a three-game set from April 24 to 26.