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Chris Tillman became the first Orioles pitcher to work into the ninth inning this year, allowing just two runs in Baltimore’s 4-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Sunday night at Rangers Ballpark.
The win was the Orioles’ fourth straight, their third four-game winning streak, a season high. It was the Orioles’ second three-game sweep of the season.
Leading by three runs entering the ninth, Tillman (12-3) allowed a leadoff home run to Adrian Beltre, his 22nd to cut the lead to 4-2. Manager Buck Showalter relieved him, and Tillman is still looking for his first complete game. The Orioles haven’t had one since last June 19.
Brian Matusz struck out A.J. Pierzynski and walked Jurickson Profar. Darren O’Day replaced Matusz and retired Elvis Andrus on a fielder’s choice and struck out David Murphy for his second save of the season.
Tillman allowed two runs on six hits, walking three and striking out seven I throwing 117 pitches in eight-plus innings.
In the second, the Orioles scored two runs against Martin Perez. Chris Davis led off with a double. Matt Wieters’ RBI single scored him. Wieters moved to second on a wild pitch by Perez and later scored on an RBI single with the bases loaded by Brian Roberts.
The Orioles left the bases loaded as Perez (3-3) struck out Nate McLouth and Manny Machado and got Nick Markakis on a grounder.
In the third, Wieters doubled with two outs and scored on J.J. Hardy’s double, as the Orioles (56-43) took a 3-0 lead.
Roberts doubled leading off the fourth and scored on Machado’s single for a 4-0 lead.
Tillman allowed a run in the fifth. Ian Kinsler’s RBI single scored Elvis Andrus, and the Orioles lead was cut to 4-1.
Last year the Orioles lost five of seven to the Rangers (54-44) in the regular season before winning the Wild Card Game. This year, they lost the first two, then won the next five.
Perez worked 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits.
McLouth, Hardy, Wieters and Roberts each had two hits.
NOTES: Last year, the Orioles were 13 games over .500 on May 19, and not again until Aug. 27.
Scott Feldman (1-1, 5.79) faces Wade Davis (4-8, 5.89) on Monday night as the Orioles begin a four-game series in Kansas City.