Dylan Bundy

Avoiding sweep, Orioles start six-game trip hoping it's the road to the playoffs, not a dead end

Avoiding sweep, Orioles start six-game trip hoping it's the road to the playoffs, not a dead end

The Orioles headed south Sunday night for a road trip that could determine the direction of the franchise. They were able to salvage an inspiring comeback win over a Houston Astros team that has the best record in the American League to avoid a three-game sweep at Camden Yards, but numbers still might not favor the outward optimism the Orioles have that they can still contend for a playoff spot.

With the nonwaiver trade deadline looming a week from Monday, the Orioles left Baltimore still in limbo. They are four games under .500, but entered their six-game trip to Tampa Bay and Texas 3 1/2 games out of the second AL wild-card spot. That’s a position within reach, even though the...

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