BALTIMORE -- For the first time since May 19-21, Orioles starters have delivered three straight quality starts, and presto, the Orioles have a three-game winning streak.
After right-handers Chris Tillman and Dylan Bundy delivered strong outings, righty Kevin Gausman allowed one run on four hits in six innings as the Orioles beat the Texas Rangers 10-2 before 15,693 at Oriole Park July 19.
The modest three-game streak simply puts the Orioles where they were at the All-Star break -- four games below .500 and on the outer extreme of the wild-card chase.
Gausman gave up a home run to Texas first baseman Joey Gallo in the fifth and allowed a double to third baseman Adrian Beltre in the fourth.
"Obviously, not having the year that I wanted to at this point, but we're still right there," Gausman said. "If I can string together a great second half, we got a shot with all of us starters included. I think we all know that we need to pitch better, and, you know, we're trying to do that. Obviously, the offense is what's kind of given us a bigger margin for error."
Center fielder Adam Jones had three hits, including a leadoff home run. Jones' homer was hit to right field, as were his two singles.
Jones said the wins have improved clubhouse morale.
"Shuts up all the trade rumors. I know that," Jones said. "We feel that we're still in this race, a long way to go, so we're not just going to give up."
The Orioles haven't won three straight since June 24-27 and haven't won four in a row since a six-game run from May 4-9. Jones is savvy enough to know streaks will affect the chatter.
"I don't take offense to that stuff," Jones said. "It'll die down when you win. You'll become buyers and not sellers when you win."
The Orioles matched their biggest inning of the season with a seven-run seventh that put the game out of reach, and they've scored in double digits in consecutive games for the first time since June 26-29, 2016 when they did it in three straight. The Orioles have outscored the Rangers, 25-4, during the first three games of the series, and Jones is 5-for-9 at the plate.
"When I get a hit, I'm on base, somehow, some way, the guys feed off of that. I'm not anything special," Jones said. "I just put my head down and play this game really hard. When you do that, good things tend to happen. The team just feeds off me. [Third baseman Manny Machado] feeds of it. [Second baseman Jonathan Schoop] feeds off of it, and it just trickles down the rest of the lineup."
Manager Buck Showalter has appreciated Jones' magnetism.
"He likes that. It's kind of his whole persona," Showalter said. "Adam doesn't mind being in the middle of things and being counted on to be that guy. I don't think there's any coincidence."
ODDS AND ENDS: Jones was named the Orioles' "Heart and Hustle" award winner for his charitable activities for the fifth time by the Major League Players Alumni Association. … RHP Hunter Harvey threw 27 pitches for Gulf Coast in his first rehab outing. Harvey, who was the Orioles' No. 1 draft choice in 2013, is scheduled to move on to Class A short-season Aberdeen and Low-A Delmarva next month. He's rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and won't pitch in the Arizona Fall League, Showalter said. Showalter projects Harvey could start 2018 with Double-A Bowie. … INF Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) is expected to go on a rehab assignment next week. … Left-handers Wade Miley (4-8, 5.40) and Cole Hamels (4-0, 3.05) are the starters in the final game of the four-game series July 20.