"I wish I knew, but I don't," starter Kevin Gausman said of his own much-improved stats at home. "I just feel comfortable pitching here. Maybe I know that the ballpark plays pretty small, so maybe that's why I keep the ball down more here than anywhere else. I don't know if that has anything to do with it, but this was a great team win."
Gausman, who threw seven innings of two-run ball, improved to 3-1 with a 2.22 ERA in eight home games, vs. 0-7 with a 5.62 ERA in 11 road starts. But he's hardly alone.
As a whole, the O's have been able to pitch better, and their offense -- with a Major League-leading 86 home runs at home -- has thrived at Camden Yards. Baltimore has lost just two home series all year.
"I don't know. I haven't thought about it a lot," manager Buck Showalter said of his team's home success, which includes no losing homestands. "When we get off this road trip, we'll have played, I think, seven or eight more games on the road than we will at home, and we know at the end of the year, we'll have played the same, home and away. If you act like it's a given, that goes away. If you act like not winning enough on the road is something's that's going to happen all year, then that becomes something. ... We just don't dwell on those things.
"If I knew ... it's not that easy to just dial it up. It's all about the body of the work. If you're not going to play particularly well on the road, you've got to play real well at home. We've played some good games on the road, too."