It's official. The 2012 Orioles are a winning club. The O's won game number 82 on Sunday night, avoiding a sweep with a 9-5 victory over Oakland.
Matt Wieters homered twice, and Endy Chavez went 4-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the club. Wieters became the fifth Oriole to hit 20+ homers this season. Pretty much the entire lineup contributed, as Nate McLouth and Mark Reynolds were the only Birds to go hitless (though Reynolds drove home a run with a bases-loaded walk in the fifth).
Randy Wolf started for the first time as an Oriole, and though he didn't go deep, he kept the Birds in the game. Wolf lasted just four innings but surrendered only two runs before being relieved. Brian Matusz (6-10) picked up the win and Jim Johnson collected his 43rd save of the year.
The Birds remain a game behind New York in the East and are two games behind the A's in the Wild Card chase. If the season ended today, they would travel to Oakland for a one-game playoff. There's still plenty of time left...the O's start a three-game set in Seattle on Monday night, with Chris Tillman scheduled to start.