A year after having one of the worst home records in the American League, the Orioles are off to a fast start this season in Baltimore.
Baltimore looks for its sixth straight win at Camden Yards on Sunday as they try to sweep a three-game home series from the Toronto Blue Jays for the first time in nearly 13 years.
Baltimore (10-7) had the third-worst home record in the AL last season at 40-41, and has not finished with a winning record there since going 44-37 in 2000.
The Orioles improved to 6-2 at Camden Yards this season following a 5-2 win over the Blue Jays (8-9) on Saturday. Baltimore is outscoring its opponents 26-12 during the home winning streak, and is looking for its first six-game run there since reeling off eight in a row July 28-Aug. 9, 2004.
The last three-game sweep of the Blue Jays in Baltimore was May 9-11, 1994. Saturday’s win also was the Orioles’ third straight overall and seventh in eight games.
“We’re just trying to play good against the teams in our division,” shortstop Miguel Tejada told the team’s official Web site. “We’ve been fortunate enough to go out and play good baseball so far. Everyone’s chipping in. It’s been a total team effort.”
Tejada drove in two runs on Saturday, and is batting .435 (10-for-23) during a six-game hitting streak.
Baltimore’s bullpen threw 3 1-3 scoreless innings on Saturday, and has not allowed a run in 13 1-3 innings over its last four games.
“They held us in check,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “Their bullpen is rolling, doing the job out there.”
The Orioles start Steve Trachsel (0-1, 5.19 ERA) in the series finale, as he tries to bounce back from a rough outing.
After starting the season with back-to-back quality starts, Trachsel looked like he was well on his way to another strong performance Tuesday. He allowed just one hit through the first three innings, but never made it out of the fourth after allowing six runs as Baltimore lost to Tampa Bay 6-4.
The right-hander has never lost to the Blue Jays. Trachsel is 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA in four career starts against Toronto, and allowed four runs and six hits in five innings of a 7-4 win on June 25 while with the New York Mets.
Gustavo Chacin (2-0, 3.57) looks to build off his best outing and win his third straight start for Toronto.
Chacin allowed one run and six hits in 6 2-3 innings of a 2-1 win over Boston on Tuesday, improving to 6-0 all-time against the Red Sox. He did not walk a batter in that game, and has allowed just one walk in 17 2-3 innings this season.
The left-hander has won his last two starts over Baltimore, and gave up three runs in seven inning of a 7-3 victory over the Orioles on April 25, his only game against them last season. He is 2-3 with a 2.95 ERA in six career starts against Baltimore, and is 1-1 with a 1.74 ERA in three starts at Camden Yards.
Toronto has lost four straight games since Chacin’s win over Boston on Tuesday.