Tillman continues to work his way back from the shoulder injury that hampered him late last season and cropped up again when he tried to resume his throwing program in December. He missed all of spring training and has averaged just over 4 1/3 innings per start since returning from the disabled list in early May.
He displayed decent command and struck out five batters, but spun out of control suddenly after allowing the single to Longoria in the sixth. Eight of his next nine pitches were out of the strike zone and Tillman was out of the game without a chance to win.
“It was definitely better," Tillman said. “I felt pretty good from the get-go and was able to command the fastball on both sides. [The relievers] definitely saved my butt tonight.”
Joey’s flashy fifth: Tillman had things pretty much under control through the fifth, but he got a couple of big defensive assists from Rickard that inning. With one out and a runner on, Rickard sped deep into the left-field corner to crash the wall and catch a long foul ball by Mallex Smith. Rickard then made a fine running, sliding catch to rob Corey Dickerson of a bloop single.
Ramos goes deep: Ramos hit his first home run of the season in only his 10th at-bat after spending the first three months of the season on the disabled list recovering from offseason knee surgery. Ramos spent parts of seven seasons with the Washington Nationals before suffering an ACL injury during the final week of last season. His first homer wasn’t a cheapie. He took Tillman over the center-field fence with a runner aboard in the second inning.