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O's back Tillman's effort, avoid sweep

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BALTIMORE -- The Orioles had been throttled the night before, and here they were back at Camden Yards trying to avoid a sweep on a hot, humid afternoon.

Instead of wilting, the Orioles flourished.

Chris Tillman took a three-hitter into the seventh inning, Chris Davis homered and drove in four runs, and Baltimore showed its mettle in a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday.

"It was smoking out there. It's a day you don't want to make too many visits to the mound," manager Buck Showalter said. "That's a challenging day. I'm proud of them. Short rest, turn around. That's why they're different."

It certainly has been a different kind of season for Baltimore, which remains in the wild-card hunt following a run of 14 straight losing seasons. Just when it seems the Orioles can't possibly stay afloat, they snap a three-game skid by excelling in all three areas.

Tillman turned in a fine pitching performance, Davis carried the offense, and first baseman Mark Reynolds and shortstop J.J. Hardy showed exceptional glove work in the second inning while turning a double play.

"This was a challenging day today. It was," Showalter stressed. "Our guys responded."

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Nick Markakis had two hits for the Orioles, who had scored only one run in each of their three previous games. It was just the second time in 10 games that Baltimore scored more than four runs.

Tillman (3-1) allowed two runs, five hits and four walks in six-plus innings. It was the 40th career start for the right-hander, who was coming off a solid effort in Cleveland and now has won two straight decisions for the first time.

"I think confidence has a lot to play into it," Tillman said. "It comes down to getting my delivery right. I put a lot of hard work in during the offseason and coming in, so I'm happy with where I'm at right now."

Baltimore batted around against James Shields (8-7) during a five-run fifth. With the bases loaded and one out, Adam Jones drove in two runs with a single. A walk to Matt Wieters filled the bases for Davis, who collected three RBI with a double into the gap in left-center.

After the Rays chased Tillman by scoring twice in the seventh, Davis hit his 16th home run of the season off Burke Badenhop in the bottom half. Davis hadn't collected more than one RBI in a game since July 2 and came in batting .152 in 30 games since June 15.

"It meant a lot especially with the quick turnaround from last night," Davis said. "Sometimes you're going to be hot, sometimes you're not, but hopefully we'll start stringing hits together and put some runs up on the board."

Sam Fuld drove in both runs for Tampa Bay with a two-run double in the seventh. After scoring 10 runs in a blowout win on Wednesday night, the Rays managed only seven hits, went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position and grounded into three double plays.

"It was their day today, it was not our day," Tampa Bay manager John Maddon said. "However, if for the rest of the season whenever we play a team three games and we win two of them, I'm very very happy. You get greedy when you win the first two ... but they've been playing pretty well."

Shields gave up five runs, six hits and five walks in six innings. Although he struck out 10 in a second straight start, the right-hander fell to 6-2 at Camden Yards. He is winless in four starts since July 3.

"It came down to three hits and me walking too many guys," Shields said. "I was able to execute my pitches for the most part all day besides the walks. I left a bad pitch over the plate to Jonesy and Davis hit a pretty good curveball."

Notes

  • The Orioles recalled LHP Dana Eveland and optioned INF Steve Tolleson to Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Wieters went 0 for 11 in the series and is mired in a 1-for-30 skid.
  • In his second game with the Rays, Ryan Roberts went 0 for 2 with two walks.
  • The Rays continue their first trip since the All-Star break in Los Angeles on Friday night. The Orioles host Oakland on Friday night.
  • Tampa Bay's bullpen had a run of 21 straight scoreless innings snapped when Davis homered off Badenhop.
  • Desmond Jennings notched his 18th stolen base for the Rays, including 17 straight without being caught.
 
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Chris Davis hits a home run and drives in four for the O's, who had scored only one run in each of their previous three games. (AP)
Chris Davis hits a home run and drives in four for the O's, who had scored only one run in each of their previous three games. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

C. Davis
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Tampa Bay

S. Fuld
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, LF3000102 .237
B.J. Upton, CF3010102 .247
Ben Zobrist, 2B4000022 .246
Matt Joyce, DH4010022 .278
Ryan Roberts, 3B2100211 .250
Carlos Pena, 1B4120011 .195
Sam Fuld, RF4032000 .556
Jose Molina, C3000012 .190
   a- Jose Lobaton, PH1000001 .238
Elliot Johnson, SS3000011 .256
   b- Jeff Keppinger, PH1000001 .320
Totals3227248  
a-grounded into a double play for Molina in the 9th
b-grounded out for Johnson in the 9th
Batting
2B - B.J. Upton (15, Tillman), Carlos Pena (12, Tillman), Sam Fuld (1, Tillman)
RBI - Sam Fuld 2 (2)
SB - Desmond Jennings (18, 2nd base off Tillman/Wieters)
CS - Matt Joyce (1, 2nd base by Tillman/Wieters)
Team LOB - 7
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
James Shields (L,8-7) 66555100 4.52
Burke Badenhop 2111011 3.50
HBP - Hardy (by James Shields)
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 108-70, Burke Badenhop 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 2-6, Burke Badenhop 2-3
Batters Faced - James Shields 30, Burke Badenhop 7
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Markakis, RF5120002 .279
J.J. Hardy, SS2100101 .220
Jim Thome, DH3110122 .252
Adam Jones, CF3112111 .293
Matt Wieters, C3100123 .238
Chris Davis, LF4124000 .258
    Endy Chavez, LF0000000 .177
Wilson Betemit, 3B4000031 .248
Mark Reynolds, 1B3000121 .204
Omar Quintanilla, 2B4010010 .265
Totals31676511  
Batting
2B - Chris Davis (14, Shields)
HR - Chris Davis (16, Badenhop)
RBI - Adam Jones 2 (53), Chris Davis 4 (47)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Davis (12)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Quintanilla-Hardy-Reynolds, Reynolds-Hardy, Wieters-Quintanilla, Hardy-Quintanilla-Reynolds
E - Wilson Betemit (14, Misplayed grounder), Omar Quintanilla (3, Misplayed grounder)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Tillman (W,3-1) 6522450 1.66
Darren O'Day (H,6) 1000010 2.97
Pedro Strop 1000020 1.40
Jim Johnson 1200000 2.49
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Tillman 100-61, Darren O'Day 14-12, Pedro Strop 16-13, Jim Johnson 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Tillman 5-6, Darren O'Day 1-2, Pedro Strop 1-0, Jim Johnson 2-0
Batters Faced - Chris Tillman 25, Darren O'Day 4, Pedro Strop 3, Jim Johnson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21301
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Scott Barry