SAN DIEGO -- Lately, it seems like it's the Orioles world. Everyone else is just living in it.
Baltimore, on a six-game winning streak with Tuesday's 11-7 mashing of the Padres, is a season-high 16 games over .500 and starting to open up a little cushion in the American League East. The O's are 4 1/2 games ahead of Boston and have been on a roll.
"We haven't even played half the season," manager Buck Showalter said when asked if he thought his club was starting to make a little bit of a run. "You've got to stretch out the good times, shorten the bad ones. It's going to happen in every season. I've been with clubs that won 100 games and you had parts of the season when you didn't think you were going to win another game. You've got to keep a sense of reality. We're having a lot of things bounce our way right now and just trying to keep it going. We got a good start tonight from our starting pitcher and held on at the end."
Baltimore posted double-digit runs for the third time in nine games, with hits from every spot except the pitcher's, and three home runs. Already the Major League leader (123) in homers, the O's moved within one home run of the Major League record (55) for June.
The Orioles are coming off a homestand in which they won five of six games and averaged 7.5 runs per game. On Tuesday, they scored seven runs in an inning as the lineup continues to roll and carry the rotation.
"There's no doubt, the way we are swinging is great," said Tuesday's starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who recorded his first-back-to-back wins of the season behind all the offense. "Those guys go up there every at-bat looking to put up big numbers on the scoreboard. As a starting pitcher you just have to go out there and compete and give them a chance."
With a bullpen that entered Tuesday with the second-lowest ERA in the Majors giving up six earned runs, the O's were still able to come out on top.
"From one through nine, ever since Spring Training, the lineup one through nine, everyone can do damage, everyone can contribute," said second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who has a 10-game hitting streak and is batting .488 over that stretch. "One day someone will step up and another guy will step up in another way."