The Orioles were pretty low after they got swept by the Rays over the weekend, but they battled back to win all three games against the Mariners, overcoming two last-inning leads in the opener and the finale to climb within two games of .500.
Manager Buck Showalter has downplayed any individual impact, but it's pretty obvious that J.J. Hardy has lifted the club with his impressive all-around performance during his first series back from a month on the disabled list.
Hardy homered and had four hits in the opener, then made his mark in the second game with his glove. His two-run single in the bottom of the 12th on Thursday night was the coup de grace.
"It was nice,'' he said. "I wasn't around for a few weeks. To come back and see the way the guys are playing. It's a good feeling. I just wish (the games) would have been a little bit quicker. I'm still getting my legs under me and I don't want to go extra innings every night, but it was a great series."