After dropping two straight to the visiting Rays, the Birds managed to salvage the series with a 6-2 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday afternoon. With the win, the O's reclaimed sole possession of second place in the East.
On Tuesday, the O's fell to the Rays 3-1. Wei-Yin Chen allowed all three runs on four hits and three walks over 6 2/3 innings, striking out five. But the bats were silent for a second straight game, with the O's only run coming in the fourth on Adam Jones' 23rd homer of the season.
Wednesday's game was just plain ugly. Miguel Gonzalez gave up five runs in the first inning and the O's went on to lose 10-1. The loss snapped six straight quality starts for the O's staff, and was the third straight game the offense managed just a single run. The O's and Rays fell into a tie for second in the division.
But on Thursday, Chris Tillman won consecutive starts for the first time in his Major League career as the O's bats came to life. Tillman (3-1) went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and four walks while fanning five. Chris Davis misplayed a ball in left field that contributed to at least one of those runs, but he more than made up for it at the plate. Davis had a three-run double in a five-run fifth inning before launching a solo homer in the seventh to finish with four ribbies.
The O's host the red-hot Athletics for three games starting Friday night. Zach Britton takes the mound for the Birds.