The Baltimore Orioles officially won three of four from the Boston Red Sox and single handedly put themselves in great position to overtake them for first in the American League East. They began the series 3.5 games behind the Red Sox in the East. All they had to do was either sweep the series or win three of four from the first place team. That of course is easier said than done but the Orioles proved equal to the task.
In fact they had mounted a comeback in the ninth inning of the third game of the series. They scored two runs and had the tying run on first with one out. Only a terrible base-running mistake that led to a double play ended it. It’s not like Chris Davis was on deck or anything but it could have meant the difference in sweeping or not. Still the O’s have way more than enough to be happy about to overshadow that mistake. They played great baseball and took the comfy first place lead of the Sox down to near nothing.
Now as the Red Sox tangle with the Tampa Bay Rays once again the Orioles will ready themselves for a stiffer test in the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers just failed to sweep the Minnesota Twins which was something they really should have been able to do. That could bode well for the O’s going into the series. Although it could mean they will face a Tigers team ready to take out a few tiny frustrations on their next opponent. O’s will surely hope for the first option.