Right-hander Chris Tillman didn't take the mound with the same kind of stuff that went to waste on Opening Day, but he rebounded from a rocky first inning to outduel Tampa Bay Rays ace Chris Archer in the Orioles' 6-1 victory on Friday night at Camden Yards.

The Orioles have opened the season with four straight victories or better for the eighth time in club history and the first time since 2011.


Tillman, who struck out five of the six batters he faced in the home opener against the Minnesota Twins, allowed three hits and a walk in the first inning against the Rays. But a mammoth home run by Evan Longoria turned out to be the only run the Orioles starter would surrender over five innings.

“I was OK," Tillman said. “My command was a little off, especially early. It kind of got better toward the end. I commanded the fastball a little better, as well as the changeup. I threw some real good changeups later on in the game that helped me get through it.”

He threw 83 pitches and allowed just one more hit on the way to a decision that was all but sealed when the Orioles offense erupted for four runs off Archer in the fifth – three of them on solo home runs by Jonathan Schoop, Nolan Reimold and Manny Machado. Chris Davis hit his second home run of the young season in the second inning.

“It’s fun anytime the Orioles hit a homer," Tillman said. “I enjoy it every time. Especially off a guy like that, it’s tough to do. That guy’s good. He’s real good and he came out strong and we kind of had to wait him out a little bit. He made some mistakes later in the game we were able to capitalize on and it was fortunate for us he did make some mistakes. It was fun to watch.”

It was the first time this season that the high-powered Orioles lineup really flexed its muscle and it did so against one of the brightest young pitchers in the game. Archer was making his second start of the season after striking out 12 batters in just five innings Sunday.

McFarland makes solid debut: Left-hander T.J. McFarland came in to replace Tillman at the start of the sixth and threw three innings of one-hit scoreless relief in his first appearance of 2016. When Brad Brach pitched a scoreless ninth, it was the 13th relief appearance by an Orioles pitcher this season. Eleven of those appearances have been scoreless and the Orioles bullpen currently has a 1.59 combined ERA.

Rickard keeps rocking: Rookie Joey Rickard greeted Archer with an infield hit to lead off the bottom of the first inning and also singled up the middle against him in the third. Rickard has hit safely in all four games this season and has multihit performances in three of them.

The big short: Machado temporarily moved over to shortstop Friday night to give J.J. Hardy and his sore calf a rest. Since that is his natural position, Machado handled a variety of chances seamlessly and, of course, hit his second home run of the season in the four-run fifth.

Reimold's first homer: Reimold, who had two hits in his first start on Thursday night, was back in the lineup again Friday and delivered his first homer of the season. His last home run before that came in the second-last game of the 2015 season against the New York Yankees. He hit four homers and drove in 12 runs from Sept. 1 on last season.

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