1. Pitch perfect. Since Saturday, when the Orioles ended their streak of 20 straight games allowing at least five runs, they have given up that many runs just once. Things have begun to even out for the Orioles pitching staff, which has a 2.83 ERA over the past five games after Ubaldo Jimenez's gem Thursday. Tonight's starter, Chris Tillman, was the only pitcher to struggle during that stretch, as he allowed five runs (four earned) in 4 1/3 innings Sunday in an outing he still felt marked personal improvement. Perhaps he can take another step forward tonight.