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BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles will try to stretch their winning streak to six while Colorado looks to begin a new run of victories when the teams meet in the second game of their interleague series on Tuesday at Camden Yards.

The Orioles (58-40) enter this game with a 2 1/2-game lead over Boston (55-42) in the American League East. Baltimore stopped the Rockies' four-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory in 10 innings Monday night.

The Orioles scored a victory by manufacturing a run in the 10th. Adam Jones started the rally with a grounder that hit the third-base bag and popped up into the air for a single. Jonathan Schoop then cue-balled a soft grounder into right field that moved Jones to third.

Manny Machado then hit a grounder back to the mound, and pitcher Jordan Lyles dropped it. He picked the ball up and threw home but the miscue let Jones slide in with the winning run.

“It's good to get a win any way you get it this time of year,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “We're right around 60-some odd games left. It's a challenge. It's so hard to do what our guys are doing right now. It's hard.”

The Orioles, after being crushed by injuries and illness (a stomach virus that several caught) last week, seem to be finding their way back to good health once more.

For now, the virus appears to have settled down, and no new players or coaches were hit with it during the weekend series with the Indians.

The injured players also are returning. Matt Wieters played on Monday after missing a week due to a sore foot. Showalter said they'll be watching the catcher on a daily basis.

Hyun Soo Kim (strained hamstring) could be back on Tuesday if all goes well at his rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie Monday night.

Ubaldo Jimenez will return Tuesday after being on the paternity leave list. His wife had a baby a few days ago. The question now is what his role will be as Jimenez lost his spot in the starting rotation and last pitched on July 8, lasting just 1 ? innings in a loss against the Angels.

Jimenez also is in the mix to start Thursday's make-up game in Minnesota.

“He's been throwing,” Showalter said. “We'll see if he's a candidate for a start here shortly.”

Showalter also said that set-up man Darren O'Day, who made his return from the disabled list and earned the victory in Sunday's 5-3 win over Cleveland, felt fine Monday.

For the Rockies, this is just the fourth series they've played in Baltimore. They last came to town in 2013 and have a 4-6 record at Camden Yards.

The call-up of outfielder David Dahl could give the offense some help. Dahl had a .484 average in 16 games at Triple-A Albuquerque (30-for-62) and was a first-round pick in the 2013 draft.

He went 1-for-4 in his major league debut Monday night in the 10-inning loss.

Dahl is a left-handed hitter who can play all three outfield positions and worked in left field Monday.

“The biggest thing to do is just keep it simple and continue to do the things he's been doing. That's why he is here,” Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. “He's earned it. He deserves it. And he's here because we feel like he can help us win games. He's having a heck of a season and put himself in position to get this call-up.”

The Rockies will be looking to improve on defense in Tuesday's game after making three errors Monday.

Third baseman Nolan Arenado had committed just one error heading into this series but made two in the first two innings. But he fixed things a bit with a solo homer in the fourth inning that tied the game.