Back-to-back series sweeps put Orioles in thick of AL playoff race
The Orioles’ seven-game winning streak — the longest active streak in the major leagues — has suddenly put them within arm’s reach of the second American League wild-card spot, a place that seemed like a pipe dream the last time the Orioles played a series with the Mariners.
Two weeks ago, the Orioles boarded a plane Baltimore after dropping two of three in Seattle to conclude a losing West Coast trip. At that point, six teams — including the Mariners — were ahead of the Orioles in the chase for the final playoff spot.
The teams have gone in opposite directions since, and, after their 8-7 win over the Mariners on Wednesday after- noon, the Orioles entered the night one game out of the second AL wild-card spot.
“To be honest, I don’t follow [the standings] much, but today I see the standings and you know, we’re right there,” said second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who drove in the winning run with a two-out single in the eighth inning and hit his 30th home run of the season. “So, we just got to keep winning and we just got to go out there and compete and don’t worry about the stats too much. Just try to go out
Welington Castillo, rounding the bases after hitting a two-run homer in the fourth inning off Seattle starting pitcher Ariel Miranda, made sure the Orioles’ playoff bubble didn’t burst. The O’s turned back the Mariners for their seventh straight victory.