There's still more than half a season left to play, so there's no reason for the Baltimore Orioles to become overly excited about their current situation.
Then again, what harm is there in enjoying the moment?
Chris Tillman took a two-hitter into the seventh inning, Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 22nd home run and the Orioles blanked the Boston Red Sox 2-0 Friday night in a duel between the top two teams in the AL East.
Manny Machado had three hits for the Orioles, who have won five of six - including the first two in this four-game series. Baltimore moved within 1 1/2 games of the division-leading Red Sox, the closest the Orioles have been to first place since May 13.
''Obviously you want to continue to play as well as you can, no matter if you're at home or on the road, if it's early or late in the season,'' Davis said. ''But we know we're close. And any time a division rival comes in, you want to try to take as many games ...