The hardest road trip of the year hasnt been as difficult as the Orioles thought. Or perhaps, the Orioles are just as good as the teams theyre playing.When the Orioles left for six-game trip to Detroit and Texas, teams that had beaten them five of seven games in Baltimore, many were fearing the worst.After Tuesdays 5-3 win over the Rangers, the Orioles have ensured a split of the trip, and if they win on Wednesday, theyll have a winning one.The Orioles are 67-56, and in possession of the second wild card spot. The Rays and Yankees both lost on Tuesday night, and New Yorks lead in the AL East is four over Tampa Bay and five over Baltimore.Chris Tillman (6-2) allowed three runs and six hits in 6 23 innings. Nate McLouth had his first home run since joining the Orioles, and Jim Johnson had his 38th save of the season. Manny Machado had two hitsTommy Hunter (4-7, 5.49) and Derek Holland (7-6, 4.98) are scheduled for Wednesday.
Orioles successful on road trip
August 22, 2012, 4:30 am