It took 10 innings and a couple gifts from the Kansas City Royals, but the Orioles pulled out a 3-2 victory Saturday. They scored their winning run on a hit batsman, two pitcher¿s errors after bunts and then a clutch single by Nick Markakis.
Chris Tillman didn't have his best outing in the Orioles' 10-8 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night, but his ability to make adjustments and stay in the game following a nightmare six-run second inning might have won the Orioles the game.
The Orioles didn't show any sign of fatigue early, jumping on Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz for six runs in the third inning. And they withstood a late rally by Boston for a 7-6 victory in front of an announced sellout crowd of 37,513 at Fenway Park.
Left-hander Troy Patton, who is currently serving a 25-game suspension for testing positive for an amphetamine, is eligible to come off the restricted list on April 30, and the Orioles might have a tough time finding a spot for him when he is able to return.
Chris Tillman, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Tuesday, is 4-2 with a 2.67 ERA in 12 career starts against the Red Sox, including an Opening Day no decision against Boston in the season opener on March 31. He is 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA in five career starts at Fenway Park.
Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, whom the Orioles signed to a four-year, $50 million contract in February, couldn't get out of the sixth inning against a free-swinging Toronto Blue Jays lineup in an 11-3 rout Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards in front of an announced 39,281.
Chris Tillman isn't going to admit it, but his progression into staff ace took another step Sunday afternoon when he outdueled the Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander and halted the Orioles' four-game losing streak.
Jimenez allowed a pair of homers, including a game-winning two-run shot to first baseman Mike Napoli in the fifth inning that sent the Orioles to a 6-2 loss to the Red Sox in front of an announced 25,708 at Camden Yards.