As the temperature rises every summer in Baltimore, so does the number of balls that carry out of Camden Yards. Hits similar to ones that landed at the warning track two weeks ago are now finding their way into the seats. And the Orioles lineup is built to take full advantage of such a summer swoon.

The Orioles led the major leagues with 46 home runs in June, and they continued their power surge into July. They hit three homers, including Nelson Cruz's 26th of the season on his 34th birthday, in an 8-3 victory over the struggling Texas Rangers on Tuesday night in front of an announced 19,150.

The Orioles also received a gritty spot start from T.J. McFarland. He gave the club five much-needed innings, which was a career high for the left-hander, to earn his first major league win as a starter.

“Everything has been good — pitching, defense and offense,” said Cruz, who is tied with the Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu for the major league lead in home runs. “I think we are really showing what we're capable of doing as a team.”

In the first two games of the four-game series, the Orioles have hit seven home runs. They've outscored the Rangers, 15-4.

The Orioles rank second in the majors with 103 home runs, trailing only the Toronto Blue Jays' 110. They now have hit multiple homers in five consecutive games and 24 of their last 41.