KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Right-hander Chris Tillman hadn’t pitched to his own exacting standards or to the level the Baltimore Orioles needed him to in more than a month.
Only once in his previous five games had Tillman registered a quality start.
He reversed that trend Friday night in the Orioles’ 4-0 victory over the Royals.
Tillman allowed just five hits and one walk while fanning three in his first career shutout.
“My personal goal is to get deep in the game every game,” Tillman said. “I don’t think about [complete games], but it is awesome. I’ll take more of them.”
Tillman (4-2) set the tone early, throwing just 12 pitches in a scoreless first inning after struggling in his opening frame in his previous three starts in May.
He cruised throughout, putting multiple runners on base just once and never allowing a Royals player to reach third base.
Former Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie, who entered the night with a 4.80 ERA, retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced. But then he ran into trouble in the fourth.
Manny Machado led off with a bunt single that Guthrie fielded. The right-hander threw the ball away, allowing Machado to second. He moved to third on a Guthrie wild pitch and then scored when Nelson Cruz singled to right.
Chris Davis, who had walked, moved to third on Cruz’s hit and then scored when Steve Clevenger narrowly beat out a potential inning-ending double play.
The Orioles scored their third run against Guthrie on a sacrifice fly by Cruz in the sixth.
Davis added a solo homer to right in the eighth, his third home run of the season and first since April 23.
— Baltimore Sun