Brett Gardner

Orioles' Chris Tillman allows three home runs, doesn't make it out of the third inning

Orioles' Chris Tillman allows three home runs, doesn't make it out of the third inning

Even before a shoulder injury that has limited him in the past two seasons changed Chris Tillman, perhaps permanently, it was always in the Orioles' best interest to wait out a rough first inning or two and let him find his fastball.

Often enough, he'd overcome whatever damage was inflicted early and settle in for the kind of competitive start that made him the team's top starter through its recent run as a contender. He even did it last week.

Tuesday was not one of those nights. The Orioles bullpen was up in the third inning, and Tillman was pulled shortly thereafter, having allowed five runs — three on solo home runs — while recording eight outs in an 8-3 loss. He never...

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