Brian McCann

Orioles, Tillman fall flat in 6-1 setback in Houston; losing streak at three

Orioles, Tillman fall flat in 6-1 setback in Houston; losing streak at three

You can’t judge Chris Tillman on one start, and even though his regular-season debut Monday night bore more signs of last year’s disaster of a season than the previous four in which Tillman was the unit’s anchor, the Orioles right-hander said he’s still in a much better place than he ever was last season.

“Oh, yeah,” Tillman said. “It’s much different. I didn’t have anything last year. I have quite a bit. Tonight didn’t go as I planned or as we planned, but going forward I think it’s going to get better.”

Tillman didn’t have much to show for it Monday. He lasted just one batter into the fifth inning in the Orioles’ 6-1 loss to the Houston Astros. He allowed four runs — ...

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