Chris Tillman should pretend he's facing the Seattle Mariners every time he takes the mound. Tillman pitched into the eighth inning in the O's 3-1 win over the M's on Monday night at Camden Yards.
Tillman (5-1) has been pretty consistent since being called up right before the All-Star break, with a decision in each of his six starts. He went 7 1/3 innings Monday, allowing just a run on five hits and a walk, fanning five. He pitched into the 9th his first outing against Seattle in early July...he seems to bring a little extra in his starts against his former club. In three career starts against Seattle he is now 3-0 with a 0.83 ERA.
The Birds scored all three of their runs in the second inning...Mark Reynolds slapped an RBI double and Nick Markakis drove him home with his 11th long ball of the season.
The Birds have now won three straight and have given up just three runs over the last four games. Zach Britton, the question mark in this current rotation, looks to continue that trend on Tuesday night.