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Chris Tillman is fastest Orioles pitcher to 10 wins since 1997

Chris Tillman is fastest Orioles pitcher to 10 wins since 1997
Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman throws to the Blue Jays in the first inning. (Patrick Semansky / AP)
Right-hander Chris Tillman won his 10th game in the Orioles’ 11-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon, accomplishing something that no Orioles starting pitcher has done in nearly two decades.
Tillman (10-1) became the fastest Orioles pitcher to reach the 10-win mark since 1997, when Jimmy Key improved his record to 10-2 with a 2.56 ERA on June 8, 1997. Key went on to compile an impressive 16-10 mark and a 3.42 ERA.
Tillman has also won nine straight decisions.
So does Tillman’s first half warrant a trip to this year’s All-Star Game in San Diego?
Well, wins are just one way to measure success. But when Tillman earned his first career All-Star Game nod in 2013 -- he was named to the team late when another player couldn’t participate -- he won his 10th game of that season on June 30. He finished that season with a 16-7 record and 3.71 ERA, setting his career high in wins.

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