There's no doubt that the past eight days have been very uplifting for the Orioles, who grinded out a 13-inning, 6-5 victory on Tuesday night and have now won for six of their last seven games to preserve mathematical hope for a miracle wild-card playoff berth.

Indeed, it's still possible for the O's to go on the mother of all late-season winning streaks and climb over several other clubs to snatch the second American League wild card entry, but it's still not plausible.

Advertisement

The latest victory, provided when Chris Davis lined an RBI single to right center field to score Gerardo Parra, inched them to within 5 ½ games of the Houston Astros, who fell out of first place in the AL West and into the second wild card slot with Tuesday night's loss to the Rangers.

The Orioles have overtaken the Tampa Bay Rays with their current three-game winning streak, but the Twins, Indians and Angels still stand between them and the Astros, which only adds to the challenge. They will need to keep winning and a lot of other things would have to fall into place for them to get close enough to make it exciting during the final week of the regular season.

The O's have gained two games during their 6-1 stretch, which would be a fine comeback pace if they're able to replicate that run a couple more times over the next three weeks.

Manager Buck Showalter put his finger to his lips to shush an Orioles beat reporter who tried to ask him a question about the standings after Tuesday night's game. He knows the odds, so he just wants his team to keep winning and keep everyone wondering if it's really possible to recover from that horrible slump during which they lost 12 of 13 games and seven games in the standings from Aug. 20 to Sept. 1.

Davis, however, was willing to address the elephant in the room after he delivered another huge swing to carry the Orioles to victory.

"I think after that long slide that we had where we just couldn't seem to put anything together or do anything right, a couple of the wins that we've had here lately against the teams that we've been playing has rejuvenated the team,'' Davis said. "Obviously at this time of the year you know what's at stake and you almost have to be perfect, so that in itself kind of gives you a jolt and we've been playing well."

Recommended on Baltimore Sun

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement