Orioles break four-game losing streak thanks to Tillman

Orioles break four-game losing streak thanks to Tillman
April 6, 2014, 3:45 pm
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QUICK SUMMARY: Chris Tillman pitched into the ninth inning as the Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1 on Sunday. The Orioles broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth on Nick Markakis’ triple and Adam Jones’ sacrifice fly. The win ended a four-game losing streak.

KEY STAT: Tillman became the first Orioles pitcher to make it into the seventh inning, pitching into the ninth.

THE GOOD: Tillman was outstanding, allowing a run on five hits in 8 1/3 innings against a potent Tigers offense.

-The Orioles managed two runs against Justin Verlander. They beat him for the second time in 10 decisions.

-The Orioles’ defense was very sharp with several excellent plays. They’ve made just one error in the first six games.

-Tommy Hunter got his second save of the season.

-Ryan Flaherty broke an 0-for-17 streak to start the season with a ninth inning single.

THE BAD: Torii Hunter homered in each of the three games this weekend.

-It’s hard to criticize the offense on a day they made Verlander a hard luck loser, but they still scored just three runs.

THE UGLY: Jonathan Schoop was 0-for-4. He’s just 2-for-18 with seven strikeouts.

OUCH: J.J. Hardy was a late scratch with back spasms. He missed Friday’s game, but the Orioles say these spasms aren’t in the same spot.

THAT’S WEIRD: Nick Markakis had the Orioles’ fourth triple of the series and season. Last season, the Orioles hit just 14.

NEXT: The Orioles travel to New York to play three games with the Yankees. On Monday, Ubaldo Jimenez faces Hiroki Kuroda. It’s the fourth of five consecutive scheduled day games.