Smith HR in 7th breaks tie, carries Orioles past Rangers 3-1

BALTIMORE (AP) Chris Tillman and a trio of relievers provided the Baltimore Orioles something that's been lacking for much of this season: a well-pitched game.

Seth Smith hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning and the Orioles used a solid outing from by its struggling pitching staff to beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 Monday night.

Smith connected off Andrew Cashner (4-8) to make it 2-1, Baltimore's first lead since the All-Star break following a three-game sweep by the Chicago Cubs. Baltimore yielded 27 runs in that series, including 21 by the starters over 11 1/3 innings.

In this one, Tillman allowed one run and two hits over six innings. It was the right-hander's best performance since his season debut on May 7, when he blanked the White Sox over five innings in what remains his only win over 12 starts.

''It was great. He did fantastic,''" Smith said. ''I think that's what we expect from him, and what he expects from himself, so it was great to see him go out there and shut them down.''

Richard Bleier (2-1) pitched a scoreless seventh, Mychal Givens had a perfect eighth and Brad Brach completed the three-hitter for his 16th save.

''There's a lot of pieces, but we know that's been a challenge for us,'' manager Buck Showalter said about the team's pitching. ''We know that's got to get better.''

Manny Machado went 3 for 3 and Welington Castillo had two hits and scored a run for the Orioles, who were coming off a 2-8 stretch that dropped them into a tie with Toronto in the AL East cellar.

Adrian Beltre had two hits for the Rangers to move within 18 of 3,000 for his career.

Texas has scored only five runs in its last three games and now stands at 45-47.

''There have been a couple of games here where the offense has been challenged. The opportunity to score has been challenged,'' manager Jeff Banister said. ''But these guys are still playing. We're engaged. We're getting excellent starting pitching.''

Cashner gave up three runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

''I thought he was pretty good,'' catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. ''Obviously, I thought he threw well enough to get the win. We just didn't score runs for him.''

Texas took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when rookie Drew Robinson drew a two-out walk and scored on a double by Lucroy , who was thrown out trying to make it a triple.

Baltimore pulled even in the sixth when Adam Jones walked, went to third on Machado's hit-and-run single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jonathan Schoop .

TRADE WINDS

With the Orioles fading from contention, it's possible that closer Zach Britton could be dealt before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

''I'm not in any rush to go anywhere, but it's not my decision,'' he said. ''If it happens I'll take it in stride. But I've been here since I was 18.''

NO SHORT-CHANGING

Robinson, who started in left field for Texas, won't have to worry about playing shortstop anytime soon.

''We're not going to put that on him,'' Banister said. ''He been at second, he's been at third, he's been at left, we know he can go out in center.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Keone Kela (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday and could return to game action as early as Thursday, though it's unclear whether that would be with Texas or on a rehab assignment, Banister said . RHP A.J. Griffin (left intercostal strain) will pitch Wednesday at Triple-A Round Rock . LHP Jake Diekman (ulcerative colitis surgery) threw long toss on Monday and expects to have his first bullpen session of the season Thursday.

Orioles: RHP Stefan Crichton (right shoulder strain) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Tyson Ross (2-1, 5.33 ERA) will start Tuesday night in the second game of the series. He's 0-2 with a 17.10 ERA in seven career appearances against Baltimore.

Orioles: Dylan Bundy (8-8, 4.33 ERA) makes his third start since June 24 and first since July 11.

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  • W: R. Bleier (2-1)L: A. Cashner (4-8)S: B. Brach (16)
  • HR: BAL - S. Smith (10)
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A. Beltre 3B40200001.282.377.521.8982.0
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R. Odor 2B40000012.211.249.396.645-0.5
C. Gomez CF20000111.249.333.467.8011.5
D. Robinson LF31000104.200.360.7001.0602.0
J. Lucroy C30110001.258.303.365.6683.0
J. Gallo 1B10000110.191.312.502.8140.5
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  • a-flied out for Gallo in the 8th
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M. Machado 3B30300100.238.306.448.7546.0
J. Schoop 2B30010003.293.341.525.8671.0
M. Trumbo DH40000022.253.316.422.738-1.0
C. Davis 1B30000010.216.309.442.751-0.5
T. Mancini LF30100000.304.349.520.8691.0
S. Smith RF31111011.260.328.448.7765.5
J. Rickard RF00000000.255.289.376.6650.0
W. Castillo C31200001.265.306.431.7374.0
R. Tejada SS30110001.235.297.279.5772.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Lucroy (15)
    • RBI - J. Lucroy (26)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Lucroy (15)
    BATTING
    • 2B - W. Castillo (7)
    • HR - S. Smith (10)
    • SF - J. Schoop (6)
    • RBI - J. Schoop (55), S. Smith (21), R. Tejada (4)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Smith (5), R. Tejada (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Machado (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - E. Andrus, J. Gallo, A. Beltre, R. Odor, M. Napoli
    • E - J. Lucroy
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - A. Jones (3)
    • DP - R. Bleier, J. Schoop, C. Davis
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Cashner (L, 4-8)6.26332313.581.416.5
    J. Jeffress1.12000205.121.672.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Cashner (L, 4-8)6.2
    J. Jeffress1.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Tillman6.02114307.202.0215.5
    R. Bleier (W, 2-1)1.00000001.341.2210.0
    M. Givens (H, 16)1.00000102.090.973.5
    B. Brach (S, 16)1.01001102.680.898.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Tillman6.0
    R. Bleier (W, 2-1)1.0
    M. Givens (H, 16)1.0
    B. Brach (S, 16)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 95-60, J. Jeffress 23-19
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 10-5, J. Jeffress 1-0
    • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 26, J. Jeffress 5
    PITCHING
    • HBP - R. Bleier (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Tillman 95-52, R. Bleier 14-8, M. Givens 18-12, B. Brach 19-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Tillman 8-6, R. Bleier 1-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Tillman 23, R. Bleier 3, M. Givens 3, B. Brach 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    E. Andrus SS40000002.291.335.457.7920.0
    N. Mazara RF30000111.254.330.437.7670.5
    A. Beltre 3B40200001.282.377.521.8982.0
    P. Kozma PR00000000.114.204.182.3860.0
    R. Odor 2B40000012.211.249.396.645-0.5
    C. Gomez CF20000111.249.333.467.8011.5
    D. Robinson LF31000104.200.360.7001.0602.0
    J. Lucroy C30110001.258.303.365.6683.0
    J. Gallo 1B10000110.191.312.502.8140.5
    a- M. Napoli 1B10000000.202.277.466.7430.0
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    • a-flied out for Gallo in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Jones CF31000111.258.301.423.7241.5
    M. Machado 3B30300100.238.306.448.7546.0
    J. Schoop 2B30010003.293.341.525.8671.0
    M. Trumbo DH40000022.253.316.422.738-1.0
    C. Davis 1B30000010.216.309.442.751-0.5
    T. Mancini LF30100000.304.349.520.8691.0
    S. Smith RF31111011.260.328.448.7765.5
    J. Rickard RF00000000.255.289.376.6650.0
    W. Castillo C31200001.265.306.431.7374.0
    R. Tejada SS30110001.235.297.279.5772.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Lucroy (15)
      • RBI - J. Lucroy (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Lucroy (15)
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Castillo (7)
      • HR - S. Smith (10)
      • SF - J. Schoop (6)
      • RBI - J. Schoop (55), S. Smith (21), R. Tejada (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Smith (5), R. Tejada (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Machado (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - E. Andrus, J. Gallo, A. Beltre, R. Odor, M. Napoli
      • E - J. Lucroy
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Jones (3)
      • DP - R. Bleier, J. Schoop, C. Davis
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Cashner (L, 4-8)6.26332313.581.416.5
      J. Jeffress1.12000205.121.672.0
      Total8.0833251---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Cashner (L, 4-8)6.2
      J. Jeffress1.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Tillman6.02114307.202.0215.5
      R. Bleier (W, 2-1)1.00000001.341.2210.0
      M. Givens (H, 16)1.00000102.090.973.5
      B. Brach (S, 16)1.01001102.680.898.5
      Total9.0311550---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Tillman6.0
      R. Bleier (W, 2-1)1.0
      M. Givens (H, 16)1.0
      B. Brach (S, 16)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 95-60, J. Jeffress 23-19
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 10-5, J. Jeffress 1-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 26, J. Jeffress 5
      PITCHING
      • HBP - R. Bleier (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Tillman 95-52, R. Bleier 14-8, M. Givens 18-12, B. Brach 19-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Tillman 8-6, R. Bleier 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Tillman 23, R. Bleier 3, M. Givens 3, B. Brach 5
      • 7TH INNING
        Tejada singled to right center, Castillo scored, Tejada to second13
        Smith homered to center12
      • 6TH INNING
        Schoop hit sacrifice fly to right, Jones scored, Machado to third on catcher Lucroy fielding error11
      • 2ND INNING
        Lucroy doubled to deep right center, Robinson scored, Lucroy out at third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Brad Brach relieved Mychal Givens
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Mazara struck out looking
        • A. Beltre: Ball, Beltre singled to left
        • Pete Kozma ran for Adrian Beltre
        • R. Odor: Foul, Ball, Foul, Odor lined out to right
        • C. Gomez: Foul, Ball, Kozma to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gomez walked
        • D. Robinson: Ball, Foul, Robinson fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Joey Rickard in right
        • Mike Napoli hit for Joey Gallo
        • Mychal Givens relieved Richard Bleier
        • M. Napoli: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Napoli flied out to center
        • S. Choo: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Andrus lined out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Jeffress Pitching:
        • M. Machado: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Machado singled to left
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Schoop grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Machado out at second
        • M. Trumbo: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Richard Bleier relieved Chris Tillman
        • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gomez hit by pitch
        • D. Robinson: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Robinson flied out to left
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Lucroy grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Gomez out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Davis lined out to right
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Foul, Mancini grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Smith: Smith homered to center
        • W. Castillo: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Castillo doubled to left center
        • Jeremy Jeffress relieved Andrew Cashner
        • R. Tejada: Foul, Foul, Tejada singled to right center, Castillo scored, Tejada to second
        • A. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Tillman Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Foul, Mazara flied out to deep right
        • A. Beltre: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Beltre grounded out to second
        • R. Odor: Odor grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • R. Tejada: Ball, Tejada lined out to right
        • A. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jones walked
        • M. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Machado singled to center, Jones to third
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Schoop hit sacrifice fly to right, Jones scored, Machado to third on catcher Lucroy fielding error
        • M. Trumbo: Trumbo grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Tillman Pitching:
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lucroy flied out to right
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
        • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Choo walked
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Andrus grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • C. Davis: Davis flied out to deep center
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Mancini singled to left
        • S. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Castillo grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Tillman Pitching:
        • A. Beltre: Ball, Beltre singled to left center
        • R. Odor: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Odor flied out to shallow left
        • C. Gomez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
        • D. Robinson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Robinson grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • M. Machado: Machado singled to left
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Schoop grounded into double play third to second to first, Machado out at second
        • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Ball, Trumbo grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Tillman Pitching:
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gallo walked
        • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Choo grounded out to second, Gallo to second
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Ball, Andrus grounded out to shortstop, Gallo to third
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Foul, Mazara flied out to left
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Castillo singled to left
        • R. Tejada: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Tejada grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Castillo out at second
        • A. Jones: Jones grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Tillman Pitching:
        • R. Odor: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
        • C. Gomez: Gomez lined out to center
        • D. Robinson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Robinson walked
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Foul, Foul, Lucroy doubled to deep right center, Robinson scored, Lucroy out at third
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Davis struck out on foul tip
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Mancini grounded out to second
        • S. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Smith lined out to center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Tillman Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Choo grounded out to second
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Andrus flied out to deep right
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mazara walked
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Beltre reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Mazara out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • A. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Jones grounded out to third
        • M. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Machado walked
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Machado stole second, Schoop grounded out to second, Machado to third
        • M. Trumbo: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)