BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles are out to show the American League they are still a contender.
Catching the Seattle Mariners on the back end of a grueling 12-game road trip, the Orioles came from behind to record an 8-7 win before 16,983 at Oriole Park on Aug. 30. It was their seventh straight win, a season-high.
The game had many heroes.
Catcher Welington Castillo's four hits equaled a season-high. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop drove in two runs, including the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth, and has 99 RBIs with 29 games to play.
Right-hander Miguel Castro rescued the Orioles from a listless performance from Ubaldo Jimenez. The right-handed Jimenez allowed six runs in 2.2 innings, and Castro's 3.1 scoreless innings stabilized the team.
"I think we kind of know it's, 'OK, what do we need to do tonight to win?'" manager Buck Showalter said. "It's been that way every night, though. But there have been different things that have been the difference-maker, so there's a lot of things that are contributing, whether it's defense or good baserunning play or good relay, throw out somebody stealing, a really well-pitched game."
The Orioles have managed to sweep consecutive three-game series at Boston and against the reeling Mariners.
"What's really tough, you come through the emotion of winning three games at Fenway and then come back home and there's another challenge of a team that you're trying to catch ahead of you," Showalter said. "But it's that time of year. You can see the finish line a little bit now."
After right-hander Brad Brach gave up the tying run on a homer to Mitch Haniger in the eighth, Schoop's single, his second RBI of the game, scored pinch runner Caleb Joseph with the go-ahead run.
The Orioles were down 6-2 after Jimenez allowed six runs in the third. He had a chance to get out of the inning with no runs scoring, but Nelson Cruz's grounder to second hit the bag and instead of an inning-ending double play, it was a two-run single that led to more damage.
"It went their way," Jimenez said. "You don't want to come out of that game, especially after having 40-something pitches, but it's not up to me."
The Orioles hit four home runs off Seattle starter Ariel Miranda. The Mariners' left-hander, who was traded for Orioles left-hander Wade Miley in July 2016, leads the major leagues in home runs allowed.
Left fielder Trey Mancini hit his 23rd homer on the season in the second. Castillo his 16th and right fielder Craig Gentry hit his second in the fourth. It was the 11th time the Orioles hit back-to-back home runs this season.
Schoop hit his 30th in the fifth to tie the score at 6.
"You know, we just got to keep it up. We're not surprised of it because we know we're a good team," Schoop said. "So, we just got to keep it up and trying to win series. Keep winning series, keep winning series, and we're going to be right there."
The Orioles are 17-10 in August, their first winning month since April. They're 68-65 and three games over .500 for the first time since June 9.
"It's a very mature group, and they've been through these battles in August and September," Showalter said. "This is a battle-tested team, and I think they realize what has to happen for us to get an opportunity to roll the dice in October. And there's a lot of bridges to cross, obviously. We're still not where we need to be."
NOTES: Pedro Alvarez was named to the International League All-Star team as a designated hitter. Showalter said the Orioles were considering Alvarez as well as "eight to 10 others" from the minor leagues when rosters expand Sept. 1. … Showalter anticipates SS J.J. Hardy will be added to the roster between Sept. 1 and Sept. 4. Hardy is currently at Triple-A Norfolk rehabbing his broken right wrist. … The Orioles open a four-game series with Toronto Aug. 31. RHPs Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 5.46) and Marco Estrada (6-8, 5.04) are the scheduled starters.