Tillman dominant in duel with Price
ORIOLES 3, TIGERS 0
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.