Written by Michael Williams
A solid performance from Orioles starter Chris Tillman paced a well-played game. He finally recorded his 15th win. Several timely hits allowed the Orioles to take a lead in the third and not surrender it. Patience at the plate chased Jon Lester after just six innings.
Orioles win 3-to-2.
Chris Tillman allowed a leadoff double against the shift in the second. After two outs were recorded Stephen drew singled to drive in the game’s first run. He hit the change up. Middlebrooks then popped out. Tillman gave up no further runs through five innings. He allowed a leadoff home run to Shane Victorino in the sixth inning. Daniel Nava doubled. Jonny Gomes stranded him at second.
Tillman completed the seventh inning, retiring the side in order.
Final Line: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 8K (111 pitches, 77 strikes)
-Tommy Hunter started the eighth inning working back to back nights. He allowed a leadoff sing le to Jacoby Ellsbury. Shane Victorino was unable to get the bunt down. Ellsbury stole second on a pitchout. Victorino then struck out.
-Brian Matusz struck out David Ortiz with a runner on third.
-Jim Johnson recorded his 41st save. He ground balls. And a K to punctuate.
Danny Valencia doubled to lead off the Orioles third for the first Baltimore hit. Brian Roberts grounded to second too hard and Valencia was tagged out at third. Nate McLouth walked and Manny Machado doubled in two runs off the monster. Valencia doubled again, but did not score.
In the fifth inning Adam Jones walked and Chris Davis doubled him home off the Green Wall.
The Orioles threatened in the seventh inning after two were out and Chris Davis flew out to center field.
Manny Machado showed off his gun once again. Brian Roberts grounded to second too hard with Valencia on second, Danny was thrown out at third. Jim Johnson was unable to make a play on a ground ball back to him to start off the ninth inning.
-Chris Tillman settled in after a high pitch count again early and only gave up the home run after the second inning score.
-Manny Machado doubled in a key RBI situation.
-Brian Matusz struck out David Ortiz with the game on the line.
Observations and Musings
-The Baltimore Orioles could have folded tent tonight, but Chris Tillman played the stopper role.
-Michael Morse may be an Oriole by this time tomorrow. Danny Valencia hit well in the meantime.
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