BALTIMORE –- Buck Showalter can’t neatly summarize the Orioles six-game winning streak. There’s not just one things that contributes to it.
“You’ve got to be doing a lot of things well,” Showalter said after the Orioles’ 9-4 win over the New York Yankees before 38,909 at Oriole Park on Saturday night.
Showalter has had four six-game winning streaks in his five years as Orioles manager, and with the win moves past Hank Bauer for third place on the team’s win list.
Just 10 days ago, the Orioles fell six games under .500, and they were five games out of first place.
Since then, they’ve won eight of nine and on Sunday will try for their seventh straight win. They haven’t won that many in a row since an eight-game run from Apr. 22-May 1, 2005.
Showalter doesn’t like to worry, but he doesn’t like to waste opportunities, either.
”It’s never too early to play better baseball,” Showalter said.
The Orioles (31-30) are still in fourth place, but trail the Yankees (33-28) by two games. Tampa Bay (34-29) and Toronto (33-30) are just ahead. It’s the first time the Orioles are a game over .500 since May 3.
Chaz Roe (2-0) picked up his second win in the last five games with 2 1/3 scoreless innings.
In the first inning, Bud Norris allowed a one-out double to Chase Headley. After Alex Rodriguez grounded out to third, Mark Teixeira singled to score Headley. Teixeira came home on Brian McCann’s double.
Norris allowed a double to Stephen Drew in the second, then retired 11 straight.
Manny Machado singled to lead off the third off CC Sabathia. Reimold popped a ball in front of the Orioles dugout where McCann and Teixeira converged on it. They let it drop into the dugout and a few moments later, Reimold homered to right to tie the score at 2.
Ryan Flaherty led off the fifth with a single and Machado hit a long two-run home run into the Orioles bullpen, his 11th, and the Orioles led 4-2.
Machado equaled his career high with four RBIs.
“It feels good. Keep it rolling. We finally got pieces coming back and the team’s playing well. We are finally playing as a team. We haven’t had people healthy and playing together for a long time. So we’re excited to have everybody on the field healthy and playing,” Machado said.
A-Rod’s two-run home run tied the score at 4 in the top of the sixth. He has 2,995 hits and 2,001 RBI. Rodriguez trails only Hank Aaron (2,297) in runs batted in.
Teixeira doubled, and McCann grounded to Steve Pearce at first. Pearce threw to third, and Machado tagged McCann out. With two outs, Didi Gregorius doubled, and T.J. McFarland replaced Norris. McFarland walked Drew to load the bases, and Chris Young batted for Mason Williams. Young flied to center off Roe to end the inning.
Norris allowed four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. It was his second start since missing four weeks with bronchitis.
"I worked deeper into the game. It felt good to get back out there and find a groove. I really thought I found a groove in the middle innings there. Buck made a decision to go to the 'pen [in the sixth], and we got out of it. We scored a bunch the next inning, and nice win,” Norris said.
Wieters doubled to lead off the sixth. He moved to third on a wild pitch by Chris Martin (0-2), and scored when J.J. Hardy singled through a drawn-in infield. With one out, Flaherty singled. Martin’s second wild pitch of the inning put runners on second and third, and Machado singled for 7-4 lead.
The Orioles added two more runs in the seventh on David Lough’s pinch-hit home run, his second and an RBI double by Pearce.
Showalter gets Brian Matusz back on Sunday, and his bullpen has been heavily taxed in Matusz’s absence. Even though the Orioles went 7-1 in his eight-game suspension, the bullpen worked has carried an enormous load.
It’s possible the Orioles will make a change in the bullpen for Sunday’s game. McFarland, who has allowed baserunners in each of his 10 appearances, could be optioned to Norfolk.
Tyler Wilson, who is scheduled to start on Sunday for the Tides, could be summoned to Baltimore.
According to STATS, on Sunday, the Orioles will try to sweep consecutive series from the Boston Red Sox and Yankees for the first time since Sept. 9-13, 1970.
NOTES: Lough’s pinch-hit home run was the Orioles’ first of the season. … Reimold’s fifth-inning triple was his first since Sept. 27, 2011. … Adam Warren (4-4, 3.64) faces Mike Wright (2-1, 2.96) on Sunday at 1:35 p.m.