The Orioles started July with six losses in nine games. While they hoped to refresh during the All-Star break, the downfall continued with a three-game series sweep by the Chicago Cubs last weekend.
But manager Buck Showalter maintained that the shortcomings hadn’t overwhelmed his team, which instead was taking an incremental approach of trying to win each game. The playoffs are months away, so he said the current standings have little meaning to him.
That mindset worked through a four-game series with the Texas Rangers. The Orioles’ 9-7 win Thursday night, fueled by a powerful offense in the fifth and sixth innings, sealed the sweep.
“When you win, it’s more happy,”...