Tillman shuts down White Sox

BALTIMORE - Chris Tillman keeps getting better and better, and so do the Baltimore Orioles.

Tillman held the Chicago White Sox to an infield single in seven innings, as the Orioles won their fourth straight, 6-0 before 12,841 at Oriole Park on Tuesday night.

Baltimore (71-57) is a season-high 14 games over .500 and remains 3½ games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East. They are tied with Oakland for the first wild card spot.

The only hit against Tillman came on Dayan Viciedo's leadoff single in the fifth. Tillman (7-2) walked four and wasn't quite as pleased with his performance as might be expected.

"There were plenty of games where I had better stuff," Tillman said. "There were some spurts there where I got out of whack."

There may have been some, but there weren't many. Tillman allowed two walks in the fourth and a walk following Viciedo's hit, but ended both innings quietly.

"I think he's matured knowing this doesn't mean anything his next time out," manager Buck Showalter said.

Tillman has seven wins in 10 starts this season. In the previous three seasons, he had seven in 36 starts.

"We're kind of getting to know him a little bit," Showalter said.

"It's one of those games that you felt he could have finished if we needed him to."

The Orioles took a 3-0 lead off Chris Sale (15-5) on Nick Markakis' three-run double in the second. After more than five years without a major league home run, Lew Ford hit his second in two days for a 4-0 lead in the third.

Sale was removed after four innings. He allowed four runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out five.

Ford was confident in the second inning when the Orioles loaded the bases with two outs before Markakis delivered.

"I don't know the other guys' feeling, but right then, I felt we were going to win this game right there. The whole team was putting good at bats on him," Ford said.

Manny Machado's run scoring fly ball in the sixth gave Baltimore a 5-0 lead.

Adam Jones hit his 100th career home run in the seventh. It was his 25th of the season, and broke a 110 at-bat homerless streak, the longest of his career.

"We've been playing good baseball, I don't care," Jones said.

"You guys care about all of that. I care about playing good baseball. And throughout [the streak], we've played good baseball. So I don't care."

NOTES: Joe Saunders will make his first start on the mound with the Orioles tonight. He said he was excited to be with the team he grew up watching. "They've got a good thing going on," Saunders said. "We'll find out what kind of an adjustment it will be." Baltimore acquired Saunders on Sunday from Arizona. He was 6-10 with a 4.22 ERA with the Diamondbacks. ... Showalter confirmed the Orioles had interest in Randy Wolf, who was released by Milwaukee last week on his 36th birthday. "We're going to take one step at a time, getting him here. There's some competition for his services. He's coveted," Showalter said.

Wolf has played 14 seasons, all in the National League. He was 3-10 with a 5.69 ERA with the Brewers and won only once in his last 20 starts. "He finds us a place that he would be interested in. I don't have to remind everybody that hasn't always been the case. We're going to take a look at it," Showalter said. ... Wilson Betemit (sore right wrist) will go on a two-game rehab assignment in Bowie beginning today. He's expected to be activated when the rosters expand on Saturday. ... Jim Thome (herniated disc) is feeling better, and if he continues to feel no pain, he'll be allowed to swing a bat in two days in Sarasota, Fla. ... Troy Patton (sprained right ankle) may be allowed to throw on Thursday.

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