The Orioles beat the Texas Rangers 7-3 Monday, completing a four-game sweep and extending their winning streak to seven games. Baltimore has not won that many in a row since September 1999.
“We’re going to ride the wave,” manager Lee Mazzilli said.
“The guys are feeling good about themselves, and they should be. They feel like they’ve got something going, no question.”
The victory closed out Baltimore’s first 7-0 homestand since September 1969 and moved the Orioles within four games of .500 for the first time since June 13.
“I just think we’re playing how we should have been playing all year,” said starter Dave Borowski, who earned Monday’s win. “We finally changed things around. The starters have gone deep in the game. Everybody has confidence. I just hope that this keeps rolling.”
Melvin Mora hit two homers Monday, giving him 20 for the season—one more than the career-high he established in 2002. He has hit in 11 straight games, going 18-for-41 (.439) over that stretch, and has three homers in his last two games.
“I don’t try to hit a home run, but when you go up there and make a good swing, things can happen,” Mora said.
The Angels are also streaking. Their 5-3 win over the Royals Monday gave them their first four-game sweep in Kansas City and a five-game winning streak.
Chone Figgins went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Anaheim, which rallied for four runs in the ninth inning a day after scoring three runs in the ninth inning of their 6-4 win over Kansas City.
Anaheim is one game ahead of Texas and Boston in the AL wild card race and eight games ahead of Baltimore