Till­man dom­i­nant in duel with Price

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY DAN CON­NOLLY — Bal­ti­more Sun


detroit— Bal­ti­more Ori­oles right-han­der Chris Till­man said through­out the first half that he felt like he was close to be­ing the starter who could give his team a chance to win ev­ery out­ing — but he just wasn’t there yet.

In his first start of the sec­ond half, Till­man was there— and then some — in a 3-0 vic­tory over the Detroit Tigers that snapped the Ori­oles’ three-game los­ing streak and re­turned them to a .500 record (45-45).

Till­man (7-7) also evened his record with his best per­for­mance of the sea­son: eight in­nings of one-hit, one-walk, score­less base­ball.

Af­ter he al­lowed a lead­off sin­gle to Ian Kinsler in the first and a walk two bat­ters later to Vic­tor Martinez, Till­man shut down the Tigers’ of­fense.

He re­tired his fi­nal 23 bat­ters, strik­ing out a sea­son­high eight in a sea­son-best eight in­nings. Till­man has won five con­sec­u­tive de­ci­sions af­ter start­ing the year2-7 and has low­ered his ERA to 4.96. He threw 105 pitches, 70 for strikes, and gave way to Zach Brit­ton, who picked up his 24th save with a per­fect ninth.

Both­ered by er­ratic fast­ball com­mand for much of the sea­son, Till­man was hit­ting his spots with all of his pitches, mix­ing in a 93-mph fast­ball with his change-up and curve.

And the Tigers (45-45) couldn’t solve him in a pitcher’s duel wit­nessed by an an­nounced 40,033 at Comer­ica Park.

The Ori­oles also couldn’t do much against Detroit lefty David Price, but one swing was enough.

With one out in the third, Ori­oles third base­man Manny Machado lifted an 81-mph curve­ball from Price over the left field wall for his 20th homer. It gave the Ori­oles a 1-0lead and the 23-year-old his first 20-homer sea­son. He also broke a tie with Chris Davis for the team lead.

Price, who was mak­ing the 200th start of his ca­reer, was su­perb again. Through four in­nings, he had al­ready fanned 10 bat­ters, and he wound up with 12 in seven in­nings.

The last time the Ori­oles faced Price was Oct. 5 in Game 3of the Amer­i­can League Di­vi­sion Se­ries. He threw well in that one, too, but served up a two-run homer toNel­son Cruz as the Ori­oles won, 2-1, to clinch the se­ries.

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