Midway through the nightcap of their twin bill against the Red Sox on Saturday, the Orioles were in danger of dropping the doubleheader and losing their hold on first place in the American League East.

But after a 7-4 win over the Red Sox in which the Orioles came from behind to score five unanswered runs and shut down Boston with 5 1/3 strong innings from the bullpen, the music blasted inside the visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park.

Earning a split of their day-night doubleheader was, in a way, a victory. They had lost the series opener earlier Saturday on a walk-off hit after eight innings from right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, and right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez had been chased from Game 2 after just 3 2/3 innings, his second-shortest start as an Oriole.

But these newly minted first-place Orioles proved resilient.

“It's something they've been doing, really for three years,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “It's the grind of the season. You have to earn everything up here. That's why there are no Cinderellas in baseball. We play too many games, and the schedule is crazy at times. It takes a lot of discipline on and off the field to do this.”

Nelson Cruz likely will be voted to start in the All-Star Game for the first time in his career Sunday because of his power numbers. But in the clubhouse after the game, all the talk was about Cruz's unsuccessful attempt to leg out a triple to complete the cycle.

Cruz recorded a career-high five hits in the win and tied Chicago's Jose Abreu for the major league lead with his 27th homer of the season. In his final at-bat, in the eighth, Cruz hit a ball over Daniel Nava's head in right field. The 230-pound Cruz chugged around second, full steam, and slid headfirst into third, but the cutoff throw beat him there.