Since making his first start this season on July 4, Chris Tillman, 24, is 5-1 for the Orioles. (Greg Fiume/GETTY IMAGES)

Baltimore Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman cruised through the first inning for a change.

After that, it was just another dominant performance against the team that sent him packing four years ago.

Tillman picked up his fourth straight victory and the Orioles won for the sixth time in their last eight games, this one a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Camden Yards on Monday.

Kicking off a 10-game homestand, their longest of the season, the Orioles (58-51) continued their recent stretch of brilliant pitching. It was the fourth straight time the Orioles have given up two runs or fewer — and it was nearly the first time the Orioles had posted at least three consecutive shutouts since they did it five times to end the 1995 season.

Tillman, who walked off to a standing ovation from the announced crowd of 21,184, lost the shutout bid in the eighth when Munenori Kawasaki singled home Eric Thames. It was the first time the opposition had scored against the Orioles since Friday’s sixth inning, when Tampa Bay’s Desmond Jennings hit a solo homer against Tommy Hunter.

The string of 28 scoreless innings was Baltimore’s longest since it posted 30 in a row from Aug. 27-31, 2010.

Tillman, 24, was, making his sixth start of the season. He was the story, especially against the Mariners.

He has faced the team that drafted him — and traded him along with Adam Jones and three others in 2008 for Erik Bedard — three times. He’s dominated the Mariners each game, giving up just two earned runs in 212 / 3 innings.

The last time Tillman pitched against the Mariners was his season debut on July 4 in Seattle. He gave up two unearned runs on two hits in 81 / 3 innings.

On Monday, he was nearly as dominant in a far less pitcher-friendly environment: He gave up five hits and one walk while striking out five in 71 / 3 innings.

— Baltimore Sun