Orioles - AL East Standings - June 5, 2013With a 4-1 win in Houston on Tuesday night, the Baltimore Orioles climbed back to a season-high eight games above .500 for the first time since May 12. At 33-25, the Birds are 2.5 games back of the first place Boston Red Sox in the American League East and have won seven of their last ten games.

The O’s look to beat up on the Houston Astros for another two games before heading to Tampa Bay for a three game series against the Rays. They’re 8-4 against the AL West this season, a division clearly overhyped heading into the 2013.

Sure, the Astros are the punching bag of Major League Baseball, but on Tuesday night the Orioles ended their six-game winning streak. Houston was coming off a four game sweep of the $142 million Los Angeles Angels.

Last season the skeptics questioned the O’s based on their run differential and record in one-run and extra-inning games. They’ve outscored their opponents by 21 runs this season and are 4-3 in extra frames and 8-7 in one-run games.

I guess they’re a good team after all.