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Orioles: Great win or just a great escape?

Boston Red SoxAmerican League East

Not sure I'm buying the notion that Tuesday night's 8-6 victory over the Red Sox was a great win.

t was an important win in terms of the short-term prospects of the Orioles, since they've been in a nasty tailspin and it returned them to the top of the AL East standings for at least one more day. It also may have been a confidence-builder, since the Orioles outlasted John Lester and overcame a rare blown save by Jim Johnson.

Buck Showalter should be happy with the clutch offensive performance in the late innings. The Orioles delivered more key hits last night than they have on the rest of the road trip, but -- if you want to be a negative nelly -- that's no formula for long-term success.

If you read my column on the website or in today's print edition, you know I compared this team to the 2005 club that spent 70 days in first place and eventually succumbed to its own lack of organizational depth. That column was written before last night's game, but I stand by it. The Orioles need to buy some more time and get several key players back to stay in play in the division.

They also need to remember all those good at-bats, most of which were the result of patience and selectivity -- something the Orioles have not shown regularly with runners in scoring position.

Simple as that.

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