The Orioles earned a series split with the Cleveland Indians on Sunday afternoon, thanks in part to back-to-back home runs by Manny Machado and Nelson Cruz. It was even more significant because lefty slugger Chris Davis wasn't in the lineup.
Davis was placed on the paternity list, leaving the team before Sunday's finale to be with his wife, who is about to give birth to their first child. Manager Buck Showalter said before Sunday's game that, if all goes well, Davis could be back with the team in time for Tuesday's game in Milwaukee, the second of the series there.
"If everything goes according to plan, he's going to take two of the three days [he's allowed for paternity leave]," Showalter said Sunday. "If there's no complications."
That will mean the Orioles will have to continue to get offense from other sources, like Machado and Cruz, at least for one more day. In his last five games before Sunday, Cruz raked, tallying three home runs and six RBIs with a .444 batting average. Machado now has at least one hit in his past eight games.
They'll challenge righty Kyle Lohse on Monday afternoon when Baltimore starts a three game set in Milwaukee, the first of 10 straight road games for the O's. Lohse boasts a 6-1 record and 2.67 ERA this season, and recorded his ninth quality start in his last outing, surrendering only one run in eight innings against the Braves.
The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the Brewers, who hadn't won since his previous start. This time, Lohse will look to keep the team rolling, coming off a 7-1 victory in Miami.
The Orioles will counter with Chris Tillman, coming off one of his worst starts, and possibly the worst stretch of his career. He allowed six earned runs over an inning-plus against the Pirates and has a 6.19 ERA over his last seven games.
He'll have to be wary of Milwaukee's Lyle Overbay, the only Brewer who has really seen Tillman -- mostly in his time with the Yankees last season. The lefty holds a .412 average with three solo home runs against Lohse.
Meanwhile, it's been a tale of two halves for Milwaukee. The Brewers have gone 10-14 since beginning the season 20-7, but they get to start an eight-game homestand Monday. That ends a season long 10-game road trip, in which they went 4-6.
Brewers: Four runs is the charm
Milwaukee's offense has been inconsistent as of late.
Consider this. Over the last six games dating back to Tuesday, the Brewers have scored zero, six, four, nine, one, and seven runs in their games, respectively.
"Offensively we're still not consistent," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "Not where we need to be."
The target for a hot-and-cold offense, though, seems to be finite. Milwaukee is 25-2 when they score four or more runs.
"It should be," said Roenicke. "The way we drive the ball it should be. We haven't really had any bad outings from our pitchers."
Orioles: Roster keeps shuffling
The Orioles made a bunch of moves before Sunday's game, partially due to the acquisition of catcher Nick Hundley from the Padres.
Baltimore recalled right-hander Preston Guilmet from Triple-A Norfolk and sent infielder Steve Lombardozzi back down -- one day after bringing him up.
With Davis on paternity leave, the Orioles will be carrying three catchers for the next few days. Hundley joined the team Sunday morning, but was not in the lineup. Showalter said he wanted the catcher to kind of settle in a little bit.
Caleb Joseph got the start in Sunday's game. He appears a likely candidate to be sent down when the Orioles need to make a move in a few days, possibly upon the return of Davis.
• Machado returned to the lineup in the two-hole Sunday, going 1-2 with a homer after missing Friday and Saturday with right-groin stiffness.
• Hundley seems to be a timely addition to the Orioles roster. In six at-bats against Lohse, Hundley has four hits and two home runs.
• Carlos Gomez has batted cleanup in the last three games, going 8-for-13 (.615) with four doubles and three RBIs.
Jake Kring-Schreifels is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.