Try as he might, Oriole Manager Earl Weaver cannot think of any other way to twist the language and still make it fit the situation.

"It comes out the same, no matter what," said Weaver here Tuesday night after the Orioles had beaten the Seattle Mariners, 6-5, in 12 innings to conclude their Western road trip with a record of 5-3. "We have to take each game as it comes when we get home. Then we'll just have to see what everybody else in our division does."

The Orioles begin an 11-game, two-week home stand, their longest of the season, Thursday night at 7:30 againt the California Angels, who won two of three games with Baltimore during this trip. On their home stand, the Orioles also will play Oakland and Seattle.

"With the season the way it is," said Weaver, "I think we have to win two out of every three games if we want to be in the playoffs. We have to play .625 to .650 ball to stay even with Detroit . . .

"Of course, I would have liked to have swept every series," he said. "But 5-3 is decent, anyway. Now it is important to go home and win the first game against California. That will be the most important game we play at home."

The Orioles have been hitting the home run of late. Baltimore hit no home runs in the first five games of this trip, but had three in the series finale with Oakland; four more, including two by Rich Dauer, in the series opener with Seattle and one each in the windup from Ken Singleton, his 15th, Doug DeCinces and Jose Morales, his first. Morales' home run, in the top of the 12th, drove in three runs and gave Tim Stoddard his second victory against one loss.