The Birds had a chance to sweep Boston, but fell 6-3 on Thursday night at Camden Yards, ending the 10-game homestand with an impressive 7-3 record.
Chris Tillman wasn't sharp, and allowed three runs on six hits and two walks in just 4 2/3 innings, striking out five. Luis Ayala (4-4) took the loss after allowing three runs to cross in the sixth inning.
Adam Jones put the Birds on the board early with a two-run double in the first, and Mark Reynolds went deep for the fourth time in three games in the second to put the O's up 3-1. But that was all the offense the Orioles could muster, and Tillman and the 'pen were unable to hold the Sox in check.
Still, the Birds put together a great series, sweeping Seattle, splitting against Kansas City and taking 2-of-3 against Boston. The O's (64-54) are still in contention, tied with Tampa Bay for the Wild Card lead. Tommy Hunter takes the mound Friday night as the O's face-off against the Tigers in Detroit.