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After returning home following back-to-back road series wins in Toronto and Boston, the Orioles have to be feeling good as they open a seven-game homestand tonight against the Indians at Camden Yards.

The Orioles started their eight-game road trip seven games under .500 away from Camden Yards. They completed the road trip 5-3 and have won eight of their last 12 games away from Baltimore.

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Orioles manager Buck Showalter always talks about how difficult it is to win on the road in the division. No matter what's going on with the Orioles, a trip to Fenway Park – where they've won nine of their last 12 series – seems to do the trick.

-- Give closer Zach Britton some credit for being cool under fire. Before he entered the game, Jackie Bradley, Jr. doubled up David Lough at home plate, catching Steve Pearce's line drive to right, then pinpointing a throw home to nail Lough attempting to tag.

That woke up the Fenway faithful. When Bradley opened the bottom of the ninth with a single that took a bad hop and skipped over Chris Parmelee at first for a leadoff hit, it could have been the beginning of a bad inning.

But Britton kept his cool against the top of the Boston batting order, inducing a popup from Mookie Betts, striking out Brock Holt and getting Xander Bogaerts to ground out to end the game.

"Zach was the big difference-maker in momentum today," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "That's a big thing when you get a little momentum swing with that throw out at the plate, had a chance to open it up there, and then you get a bad-hop single. I tell you guys all the time pitching is momentum. Zach just didn't let it happen. He's been so solid."

Britton has converted 21 of his 22 save opportunities this season, including 17 in a row and all 11 on the road.

-- Over the past two weeks, the Orioles have compiled two six-run innings and one seven-run inning. Two of those big innings came in the past five days – their seven-run second inning on Sunday in Toronto and their six-run fourth on Thursday. In both of those games they needed more to win because they were unable to post shutdown innings after their big innings.

-- Miguel Gonzalez's first start off the DL wasn't his best, especially since he allowed a three-run homer to Alejandro De Aza in the bottom of the fourth after the Orioles scored six in the top half of the inning. He allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings, but remained unbeaten at Fenway Park, improving his record to 4-0 with a 2.93 ERA in seven career games (five starts) there.

-- The Orioles must make another roster move to recall left-hander Wei-Yin Chen from High-A Frederick.

Showalter mentioned a number of nagging injuries, so maybe there's a pending DL move on the horizon.

"Everybody in there is treating something about every other day," Showalter said.

Right fielder Delmon Young, who was taken out of the game in the seventh inning, seemed to get the worst of a collision with Parmelee as they both chased a ball in shallow right field. But Showalter said Young was removed as part of a defensive replacement, not because of an injury.

"I know Parm ripped his nail off his glove hand," Showalter said. "I'm not sure how that happened. We talk in spring training about how important it is that the infielder stays high and the outfielder goes low. There's another example of just how you stay away from a major injury. Delmon got a pretty good kick in the gut. I'm not sure what hit him, shin or something, haven't looked at it, but I will."

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