The evolution of Baltimore Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman continued on Friday night with a statistical gem that was an obvious struggle.

In a 2-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox in front of a nearly packed house at Camden Yards, Tillman did what good pitchers are supposed to do.

He won without having particularly strong command, walking four to tie his season high set in the first game of the year. He won despite getting little run support. He won against a good opponent by not allowing things to snowball.

He won like a veteran, and not a 25-year-old still learning the game, one that was still in the minors this time last year.

“There’s two sides of it,” Orioles Manager Buck Showalter said. “You say he’s got a better feel and he can get himself back in sync, but if that was the case, why would he ever get out of it to start with?”

On Friday, Tillman (7-2) gave up three hits and didn’t give up an extra-base hit until his last batter, Jose Iglesias, doubled to lead off the seventh. It was just the second time in 14 starts that Tillman didn’t give up a run and it was his fourth straight win.

It allowed the Orioles (39-29) to reach 10 games over .500 for the first time this season while moving within 11 / 2 games of the American League East leading Red Sox.

The Orioles have beaten Boston four of five times this season and in 13 of their last 17 meetings. It was their fourth shutout of the season and first since Freddy Garcia dominated the Washington Nationals on May 30.

— Baltimore Sun