Having stretched his bullpen twice in two games and gone back to his top relievers to hold a narrow lead the night before, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde wanted to walk away with one for a change Thursday night.
Slow start aside, that wasn't a problem for one of the most productive and surprising offenses in baseball.
The Orioles waited until the host Phillies scored and then scored nine unanswered runs for a comprehensive 11-4 win and series sweep over Philadelphia.
The win gave the Orioles (10-7) their second series sweep of the season and extended their winning streak to five games, yet another sign that one of baseball's most unexpected success stories isn't ready to fall back to the pack just yet.
In a bit of turnabout, former Phillies prospect Thomas Eshelman pitched for the Orioles and former Orioles pitcher Jake Arrieta started for the Phillies. They matched zeroes early until Eshelman blinked first, allowing a two-run home run to J.T. Realmuto in the fourth inning to create an early deficit for the Orioles.
As has been the case often over this winning streak, the Orioles offense woke up quickly. Arrieta used just 48 pitches through four innings, but didn't get through the fifth.
The Orioles loaded the bases twice and scored four runs -- one on a forceout by Pat Valaika and three more on a double by Anthony Santander, who has an eight-game hitting streak and has driven in runs in seven straight games.
Jose Iglesias doubled to score two runs in the seventh, and Pedro Severino ambushed a first-pitch fastball for a three-run home run in the eighth. Severino's three hits paced the Orioles, while Iglesias, Hanser Alberto, Renato Nunez and Rio Ruiz each had two hits.
Ruiz's two-run home run in the ninth inning was his fifth of the season.
Though the pending completion of Sunday's suspended game, which the Orioles led 5-2 in the sixth inning and will resume Friday at 5:05 p.m., could theoretically erase their winning streak from the record books, the Orioles haven't won five games in a row since a seven-game winning streak Aug. 25-30, 2017.
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