Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Mike Wright (59) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Sunday, April 24, 2016, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Mike Wright (59) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Sunday, April 24, 2016, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Baltimore Orioles lost four of their last seven games, allowing their divisional rivals to gain ground in the American League East. Baltimore still holds the top spot in the division with a 14-9 record as of May 1, but the Boston Red Sox are just a half game behind.

Not all of the Orioles’ latest losses have come exactly the way fans might think. Baltimore’s losses usually involve their starting pitcher surrendering too many runs in the first five or six innings, coupled with the offense not being able to dig the team out of the hole.

That’s exactly what happened on April 24 when Mike Wright gave up five runs in six innings in a 6-1 loss to the Royals. But that’s not how it went down in the O’s other three losses of last week. The starting pitchers and the bullpen did their jobs, but Baltimore’s offense was strangely non-existent.

Starting pitcher Kevin Gausman allowed just one run and three hits with seven strikeouts through five innings in a 2-0 loss to the Tampa Rays on April 25. Ubaldo Jimenez wasn’t as sharp in his start on April 26, but still only gave up three runs through six innings in a 3-1 loss.

Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado follows through on a single against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 29, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Baltimore’s struggles involved a sudden lack of offense. Manny Machado was 0-for-8 at the plate in the two losses, and power hitters Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo were nearly as bad, with just four hits combined.

The trio shook their bizarre hitting funk later in the week; all three crushed home runs in a 10-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on April 28. With their offense back on track, Baltimore won three straight between April 27 and April 29. Even in an 8-7 loss to the White Sox on April 30, the team still produced 14 hits, but saw their bullpen collapse.

The Orioles faithful don’t want to get used to their team dropping low-scoring games that could have been won. With a pitching staff known for its inconsistency, Baltimore can’t afford to struggle on offense and waste quality starts.

Nonetheless, last week’s losses could be just an aberration. It’s a long season and the offense won’t always be cranking out homers, but Baltimore simply can’t afford to be inconsistent on offense and defense.