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Tillman, Gonzalez both knocked out early; Geren follows pitcher to the clubhouse

Neither starter was sharp tonight, though the game remains tied at two heading into the bottom of the sixth.

Orioles starter Chris Tillman allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits, three walks and a hit batter in 4 1/3 innings. His line could have been much worse but Alfredo Simon came in with the bases loaded and one out and struck out Kurt Suzuki and Mark Ellis to keep the game tied heading into the sixth.

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Tillman needed 102 pitches (60 strikes) to get 13 outs. It is the fifth time in the past six starts that Tillman has pitched five innings or less.

A's left-hander Gio Gonzalez allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and five walks while striking out seven over five-plus innings. He threw 99 pitches, 53 for strikes. When Oakland manager Bob Geren removed him from the game, he had words with home plate umpire Angel Campos and was tossed from the game.

The Orioles, meanwhile, hit into their fourth double play to end the sixth inning..

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