The O's are rolling now. The club has won five straight and finished a sweep of the Pirates with a 12-6 win on Thursday night at Camden Yards, capping off a 5-1 homestand.
The Birds set season highs in runs, hits (16) and doubles (8), and took an early lead against former Oriole Erik Bedard, scoring four runs in the first inning for the first time this year. They scored five runs in the fourth to take a commanding 10-0 lead.
Three players combined to knock in all 12 runs: Steve Pearce doubled, homered and drove in five, Matt Wieters slapped two doubles and had five RBIs and Mark Reynolds went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a homer and two driven in.
That was more than enough offense for Tommy Hunter, who allowed five runs through six innings, striking out five and not surrendering a free pass for the second straight start. Hunter (3-3) allowed seven hits, one of them a three-run bomb, but got the win thanks to the O's offensive explosion.
The Birds (37-26) are a half-game behind the Yankees in the standings and now head out on a six-game Interleague road trip starting in Atlanta Friday night. Brian Matusz is slated to take the mound.