Zach Britton made an ample contribution to the Baltimore Orioles' pennant drive, striking out a career-high 10 over eight innings in a win over the Chicago White Sox.
Then, as his teammates prepared to take a train to New York for a huge series against the Yankees, Britton packed his bags for a drive to Norfolk, home of Baltimore's Triple-A affiliate.
He won't be gone for long.
Britton's stellar pitching performance, along with home runs by Taylor Teagarden and Adam Jones, carried the Orioles to a 5-3 victory Thursday.
Baltimore took three of four from the AL Central-leading White Sox to complete a 5-1 homestand that started with a two-game sweep of Toronto. The Orioles now stand within three games of the idle AL East-leading Yankees, who will be trying to retain that margin in the three-game series that begins Friday night.
''Trust me, this group is going to have fun with it,'' Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said.
The Orioles head north with a suitcase full of momentum.