The Orioles’ bats were nearly silent in Friday’s first game. They had just three hits in a lackluster performance. The second game was much different. There was Chris Tillman, pitching an extremely strong eight innings, and home runs by Nick Hundley and Nelson Cruz as the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 before 34,895 at Oriole Park on Friday night. Tillman (7-4) continues to pitch well. In his last two starts, he’s allowed one run on eight hits in 15 innings. He gave up just a run on four hits in eight, walking just one and striking out two. “I just think his stuff is a little crisper,” manager Buck Showalter said. Twice in the space of four starts, Tillman had one inning horror shows were he gave up 13 runs and nine walks. That’s forgotten now. “I think it is still coming. It’s still a process. You can’t settle. You’ve always got to keep working. … Next time I want to throw my breaking ball better for strikes. I was able to throw it but very few were in the zone for good pitches. You’ve always got to get better,” Tillman said. James Loney hit a solo home run in the second to give the Rays (33-49) a 1-0 lead. The Orioles (42-37) tied it off Jake Odorizzi in the second on consecutive one-out singles by J.J. Hardy, David Lough and Hundley. It was Lough’s first hit since June 8. Odorizzi allowed one run on six hits in five innings. The Orioles left nine runners on through five. Hundley led off the sixth with his first home run as an Oriole off Juan Carlos Oviedo (3-3) for a 2-1 lead. He was acquired last month from San Diego, and Hundley admits to pressing “I was awful my first 20-25 bats offensively. Probably trying to do too much, new team,” Hundley said. Adam Jones led off the seventh with a double off Joel Peralta, and Cruz homered just over the right field scoreboard, his 25th of the season to give the Orioles a 4-1 lead. Zach Britton pitched the ninth for his 10th save.
Tillman goes eight innings as Orioles split doubleheader against Rays
CSN Baltimore | Jun 28