The Orioles aren’t going to make a big deal of winning one game in late May against a non-division opponent, but the club’s 4-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday afternoon had the feel of one they just didn’t want — or couldn’t afford — to lose.

A defeat would have sunk the Orioles (25-23) back to .500 and marked their 10th loss in 14 games. It also would have sent them on a 10-game road trip having lost three of four games at home to the Indians (24-27).

“Very important,” first baseman Steve Pearce said about the nature of Sunday’s win. “It was a great team win, and we’ll carry that momentum into Milwaukee.”

“Very important,” first baseman Steve Pearce said about the nature of Sunday’s win. “It was a great team win, and we’ll carry that momentum into Milwaukee.”

Perhaps it was more of a relief to the announced 37,649 who showed up at Camden Yards on a perfect, 77-degree day to see the Orioles finally win on a Sunday.

The team had lost six Sunday games in a row following a victory on its first Sunday of the season, April 6 on the road against the Detroit Tigers. It was the Orioles’ first Sunday win at home in four tries and just their sixth victory in 18 day games this year.

“That’s kind of weird. I feel like we were playing good on day games,” said designated hitter Nelson Cruz, whose major league-leading 16th home run gave the Orioles a two-run lead in the fifth. “I guess we have to focus a little more on Sundays.”

Afterward, Orioles manager Buck Showalter wouldn’t say that Sunday’s game against the Indians meant anything, more or less, than any other.

“We can't live in that world. If you do, ‘Oh my gosh, coming into today, if we lose three out of four at home. …’ You can't do that,” Showalter said. “The toughest part of this homestand, for me, was driving home [Saturday] and seeing everybody downtown in orange and knowing that we didn't return the favor of playing better. So we move on.”