Written by Chris Slade
Chris Tillman and Colby Lewis were on the hill in tonight's matchup. Tillman struggled and left after just one inning as the Rangers jumped out to an early 5-0 lead. Nick Markakis cut the lead to 5-2 in the 3rd with a two run homer. The Orioles would come back to tie in the 5th thanks to a two-run double from Adam Jones and an RBI single from Chris Davis. The Rangers got three runs in the 7th to take an 8-5 lead. Jones hit a solo shot in the 8th but that was all the O's could muster from there and they dropped game three by an 8-6 score.
Chris Tillman had one of his worst outings of the season tonight. His command wasn't there from the get-go and the Rangers took advantage of it. He walked three batters, served up a home run to Michael Choice, and was pulled with no outs in the 2nd inning after putting the Orioles in an early 5-0 deficit.
Final Line: IP, 6 H, 5 ER, HR, 3 BB, K
Brad Brach took over long man duties tonight and pitched admirably, keeping the Rangers at five and giving the Orioles a chance to come back to tie. He worked 3.1 screless innings while striking out two.
Ryan Webb continued to pitch well tonight, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings and keeping the score tied.
Brian Matusz and Preston Guilmet didn't have much help from their defense but allowed three runs to score in the 7th. Guilmet inherited two runners from Matusz, both of which scored on singles from Alex Rios and Chris Gimenez. Matusz took the loss.
T.J. McFarland worked a scoreless 8th inning.
The offense continued to hit well tonight as they did all series. Kudos to the hitters for making this a competitive game after Tillman put them down 5-0 early. Colby Lewis isn't anything special on the mound at this stage of his career so some offensive output was expected and received.
Adam Jones capped off a big series with a 2-for-4 night with three runs driven in and his 8th home run of the season.
For the second straight game, Nick Markakis homered.
Nelson Cruz had a rare off night, going 0-for-4 with a hat trick of K's.
It was arguably the lowlight of his defensive career for JJ Hardy. Hardy had two costly throwing errors along with a fielding error. Tonight was the first game since 2007 he committed two errors, let alone three errors.
Key Moments In The Game
Chris Tillman struggling to the point that he had to be removed in the 2nd inning. The Orioles were put in an early hole on a night where they likely would have won had they received a quality start from Tillman.
JJ Hardy's defensive miscues in the 7th proved to be crucial in determining the outcome of this game as they led to go-ahead runs scoring for the Rangers.
Other Notes/ Musings
That awkward moment your long reliever throws more innings than your starting pitcher.
Chris Tillman has now had three stinkbomb's in his last four outings. One has to wonder if something injury related is up with him.
Orioles finish the road trip at 5-5. They are back home tomorrow night against the Athletics.
A pair of lefties on the mound in Wei-Yin Chen and Tommy Milone.
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