Originally written on The Baseball Page  |  Last updated 11/16/14

After the Baltimore Orioles dropped the first two games of a four game series with the Minnesota Twins this week, many fans were wondering how much long this team was going to miraculously stay above the .500 mark. With back to back wins to earn a series split, the answer looks like its going to be at least the through the weekend.

The Orioles used late inning heroics from much maligned first baseman Mark Reynolds to capture the come from behind win. In the top of the 8th inning, Reynolds came up with men on second and third with two outs and delivered a two RBI flare single to center field scoring Matt Wieters and Wilson Betemit who both walked giving the Orioles a 4-3 lead. Reynolds came up with the big hit for the first time in recent memory and propelled the Orioles to their 48th win of the season. The Birds didn't earn their 48th win of the season last year until August 22, coincidentally also against the Minnesota Twins. So with all the struggles the Birds are having, it is important to note the drastic improvement in win production this season.

Wei-Yin Chen picked up the win yesterday moving to 8-5 on the season. Chen went seven innings giving up just six hits and three earned runs. He is now tied with Jason Hammel for the team lead in wins.  Chen got off to a rocky start giving up two runs in the bottom of the first inning on 28 pitches. Chris Davis responded in the top of the second with a towering home run to right field. Davis continues to flash the freakish power that he was delivering on a regular basis during the first half of the season.

An interesting stat of note about the past two wins for the Birds is that it is the first time since June 16 and 17 against Atlanta that Orioles starters have posted back-to- back wins. If you are searching for the reason why this team is struggling so mightily recently, I think that is a good place to start.

After Reynolds gave the Orioles the lead in the 8th, Orioles relievers Darren O'Day and Troy Patton managed to allow the first two hitters of the bottom half of the frame to reach base on a walk and a single giving the Twins men on first and second wit nobody out. Orioles set-up man Pedro Strop was called in to get out of the jam. Strop got two pop outs to shallow left sandwiched around a fielder's choice to get out of the predicament. Jim Johnson worked a perfect 9th for his Major League leading 28th save of the season. Back-to-back saves for Johnson after a rough start to the second half of the year in non save situations will help put Orioles fans minds at ease about their All-Star Closer.

The Orioles now travel to Cleveland for four games to take on an Indians team that took three of four from the Birds at the end of June outscoring them 31-18. The Tribe are a game behind the Birds in the chase for the second wild card spot in the American League race. The Orioles are .5 games behind the Detroit Tigers for the last spot. Cleveland is coming off of a series split with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Birds will look to take a series from the Tribe as the road to the playoffs continues in the Mistake by the Lake.

Be sure to check out other great articles at Sports Media 101.

Play Our Fantasy Game Today and Try Your Hand at Winning $250 for FREE

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Bears could have interest in Jim Harbaugh

Report: Shanahan interested in coaching next season

Report: Michigan has its eye on several NFL coaches

Report: Titans, Jay Cutler have mutual interest in trade

Phillies GM told Ryan Howard team is better off without him

Report: Browns interested in drafting Marcus Mariota

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Chargers keep playoff hopes alive with comeback win

Robin Lopez responds to Khloe Kardashian dating rumors

Report: Jermaine O'Neal 'intrigued' about joining Mavs

Report: Robert Griffin III likely to return to Redskins

Izzo criticizes coaches, players after embarrassing loss

Report: Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: Dominic Raiola stomps on Bears player's ankle

WATCH: Arian Foster throws TD pass, drops scoreboard taunt

WATCH: Johnny Manziel leaves with injury after taking big hit

NHL has warned 22 players about diving

Nick Mangold wears NYDP hat to honor fallen officers

Five things we learned from the first day of bowl games

WATCH: South Alabama coach bloodied after kick to the face

Dan Mullen wears funny 'Christmas Vacation' sweater

WATCH: Redskins FB gets in Eagles fan's face after TD

WATCH: Utah runs trick play on first offensive play of game

Mick Cronin misses game with unruptured aneurysm

Steve Alford: Kentucky is best team I've coached against

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Raiola stomps on Bears player's ankle

Bears interested in Jim Harbaugh?

Shanahan to return to 2015?

Browns interested in drafting Mariota?

Mullen wears funny Christmas sweater

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

No NFL team in LA next season?

UNC rocking Jordan-era throwbacks

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.