In 59 seasons in Baltimore, the
have started with 19 wins or more in their first 28 games only six times -- 1969, 1970, 1992, 1997, 2005 and, now, 2012.
The Orioles ran their current winning streak to five games following Sunday's 17-inning victory over the
. Now, they face a tough nine-game homestand with the two-time defending
Twice in history -- in back-to-back years in 1969 and 1970, in fact -- the Orioles were 20-8 through 28 games. In 1992, 1997 and 2005, the Orioles had the same record as this season -- 19-9.
A look at how those five teams performed after the 28th game:
The Orioles fell to 20-9 after losing, 1-0, to the
in the 29th game of the year. Catcher Elrod Hendricks collected two of the Orioles' five hits in the defeat. After 35 games in 1969, the Orioles were 23-12.
and second baseman Chico Salmon hit back-to-back RBI singles in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Orioles to a 4-2 win over the White Sox in the second game of a doubleheader at Memorial Stadium, pushing the team to 21-8 through 29 games. The Orioles were 25-10 through 35 games that season.
White Sox first baseman Frank Thomas hit a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning off relief pitcher Gregg Olson at Camden Yards, dropping the Orioles to 19-10 after a 4-3 loss in their 29th contest of the year. The Orioles had a 24-11 record after 35 games in the first season in the new ballpark.
was 4-for-4 with a solo home run, and the Orioles scored six times in the bottom of the seventh inning for a come-from-behind victory, 8-4, over the
at Camden Yards. The Orioles, who improved to 20-9 with the win, were 24-11 after 35 games that season.
improved his record to 4-1 after only giving up two unearned runs in seven innings as the Orioles beat the