Jim Johnson had no idea when he was told. The Orioles have now 100 consecutive games when leading after seven innings.

That streak began on Aug. 14, 2011, and that was a game that Johnson saved.

“If you look at the date, that's pretty much when things started to turn around here. So we kind of point to that as maybe the beginning,” Johnson said.

Many people will get excited that the Orioles beat R.A. Dickey, who one-hit them last June. The Orioles scored four runs in the second off the National League’s Cy Young Award winner last year and held on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 before 13,272 on Tuesday night.

In the first 20 games of the season, the Orioles have faced David Price, last year’s AL Cy Young winner and Dickey three times and won all three. They’re also 9-6 against AL East teams and have won four of the five series played against the Rays, Yankees, Red Sox and Blue Jays.

“I think the key phrase is 'so far.' We have a lot of bridges to cross, but I'd rather see that than the other way. We've got a quick turnaround, a game tomorrow, and then head out to the West Coast for 11. There's another challenge around the corner, and I'm proud of the way they're taking on all of them. We know how good Toronto's going to be, and Tampa and New York and Boston,” manager Buck Showalter said.

The Orioles (12-8) are four games over .500 for the first time this season, and have won five of six.

Johnson, who led the major leagues with 51 saves in 2012, is off to a terrific start with eight saves and a win in the first 20 games. He allowed a two-out ninth inning single, but struck out J.P. Arencibia to end the game.

For the fourth time in five games, an Orioles starter made it through six innings, and though they’re still the only major league team without a seven-inning start, there’s been some improvement.

“I know that they've been frustrated, they've been talking that they're frustrated with the walks here and there, but it's still early, Right now we're just trying to tread water until everyone gets in their groove,” Johnson said.