It was an excellent Monday night for the Orioles.They had an easy win, and their fears for Chris Tillman were eased. Even better, fans who went to bed by 11 p.m. could be confident of the outcome.The Orioles 10-4 win moved them to a half-game behind the New York Yankees for the AL East lead. New York was off and begins a three-game series with Toronto on Tuesday night.They also put some distance between their wild card challengers. Oakland didnt play, so Baltimore moved with 1 games of the top wild card spot. They lead Los Angeles by three games, and with losses by both Tampa Bay and Detroit, lead them by five and five-and-a-half.The Angels host AL West-leading Texas for a three-game series beginning Tuesday night.The Orioles pounded Hector Noesi (2-12), and had a seven-run lead with one out in the second. The overmatched right-hander gave up seven runs, one of them unearned, on eight hits in 1 13 innings.Tillman (8-2) allowed just a second-inning home run to Seattles Michael Saunders in six innings. His three-hit, four strikeouts and no walk performance convinced the Orioles that there was nothing wrong with his elbow.Fifteen days before, Tillman exited after three innings in New York with a dead elbow. Its fine now.The 10-4 score was deceptively close. The Orioles led by nine runs by the sixth inning, and manager Buck Showalter rested his regulars near the end. For those who didnt stay up for the end, the game finally concluded about 1:20 a.m.NOTES:-Wei-Yin Chen (12-9, 4.00) pitches against Erasmo Ramirez (1-2, 3.49) on Tuesday night.-Nate McLouths leadoff home run was the eighth in his career.-Matt Wieters tied his career high with his 22nd home run.-Adam Jones tied a career high with four runs.
Everything goes right for the Orioles
September 18, 2012, 12:46 pm