Orioles go for Fenway sweep, plus other notes

The Orioles will try to do something tonight that no team has done this year: Sweep a three-game series from the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

In fact, Boston has only been swept twice this year and that counts a one-game series. They got swept May 3-5 at Texas and their loss July 29 at home against Tampa Bay officially counts as a series sweep.

Boston entered this series with a home record of 50-25 and was 8-1 in its previous nine home games before losing back-to-back nights to the Orioles.

The Orioles have now won six of their last seven series in Boston dating to the end of the 2011 season and are 15-6 there since then.

The O's swept three from Boston last season in May, a series that concluded with the famous 17-inning game that ended with Chris Davis on the mound. That was their first three-game sweep at Boston since June 10-12, 1994 and they can get another with a win tonight.

A look at more Orioles notes:

* Chris Tillman is 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA in four starts this year vs. Boston. He has given up a batting average of just .183 in those games. He is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in four career Fenway Park starts.

* I guess I keep pointing this stat out, but it is still applicable. The Orioles have gone 15 straight games scoring five or fewer runs, easily their longest stretch of the season. Will there be a breakout on offense tonight?

* While the Orioles are just 17-28 in one-run games, their records in two-run (20-9) and three-run games (19-10) are the best in the AL.

AL leaders, two-run games:
.690 - Orioles (20-9)
.588 - New York (20-14)
.586 - Seattle (17-12)
.542 - Oakland/Tampa Bay (13-11)

AL leaders, three-run games:
.655 - Orioles (19-10)
.640 - Tampa Bay (16-9)
.577 - Cleveland (15-11)
.529 - Seattle (9-8)

* A win by the Orioles in any of the remaining four games against Boston will give the O's the victory in consecutive season series for the first time since the 1991-92 Orioles went 8-5 in back-to-back seasons against the Red Sox.

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