O's clinch first winning August since '97

O's clinch first winning August since '97

ANAHEIM -- It's a milestone the Orioles would have preferred not to reach in the first place, but it could also be a sign of better things to come.

Baltimore secured its first winning August since 1997 and its first winning calendar month since June of 2008 on Saturday night with a 5-0 win over the Halos at Angel Stadium.

"It's kind of like the economy, like anything that might show that things might have a chance to get better. ... I'm not going to get political," manager Buck Showalter said. "Just the thought that everything has got a chance to get better. It could be very-short-lived. ... I take a positive that it means a lot to our fans."

The Orioles are 15-10 since Showalter took over as manager on Aug. 3. Before the game, Showalter said he was surprised when he first learned that the O's hadn't had a winning record in August in so long.

"I know it does matter to a lot of people, and it does matter to me to," Showalter said. "If it feels like things are getting better, then I'm in. ... When I first saw [that statistic], I went, 'Really?' That's a long time."

President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail saw the troubles the team has had in August previously partially as a function of the talent around the American League East.

"It is important to us, because in recent history we have not had good August and Septembers," president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said. "You're making your last rounds in the East, and not unlike this year, those teams that are contending. They'll address some of their needs. ... So they're probably a better team than they were before."