Jim Johnson got a win he didn’t want. Chris Tillman didn’t win a game he should have. Thanks to Chris Davis neither Johnson nor Tillman left the Orioles clubhouse with a frown. After Johnson blew his first save since July 5 denying Tillman his 15th win Davis came through with a two-run double in the 10th inning giving the Orioles a 5-2 win over the San Francisco Giants before 41434 at AT&T Park on Friday night. Tillman pitched brilliantly allowing just a run on four hits in eight innings with a career-high nine strikeouts and was on the verge of a 15-3 record. Johnson allowed the first three batters to reach in the ninth and came within inches of catching Hunter Pence’s bouncer up the middle. “Obviously the way that Tilly pitched tonight he deserves a win. Obviously I didn’t do my job but the team gets a win” Johnson said. “Find the positive in it.” The positive was Davis. In the 10th Manny Machado doubled for the second time in the game his 42nd of the season. After Nick Markakis grounded out to Javier Lopez (1-2) Jones was walked intentionally and Davis followed with the double to right-center to score Machado and Jones. “When I first hit it I just thought it was going to hang up there. I looked to see where the guys were playing when I was rounding first and saw it was going to get down. I was pretty excited. That was a tough matchup right there. Lopez is definitely tough on lefties” Davis said. Lopez had held left-handed hitters to a .169 average before Davis’ hit. Matt Wieters added a single to score Davis to make it 5-2. It was the third straight win for the Orioles (64-51) to start the eight-game interleague swing. After 10 consecutive saves Johnson (3-7) blew his seventh save opportunity and the chance for his 40th. “I don’t think I made that many bad pitches tonight. I think I went out there with some pretty good stuff. I missed a couple pitches down in the zone a couple balls got through. But you got to take your chances and trust what you are doing. I felt like I could have gotten out of it with runners on first and second no one out. You always got to feel like you can get out of it” Johnson said. Tommy Hunter pitched the 10th for his third save. Tillman allowed just four hits striking out a career-high nine in eight innings. After he walked Pablo Sandoval in the second Tillman retired 14 straight until Brandon Belt homered with two outs in the sixth.
Davis' 10th inning double rescues Johnson, Orioles
CSN Baltimore | Aug 10