American League Game Summary - Seattle at Baltimore|
(Monday, August 6th)
Final Score: Baltimore 3, Seattle 1
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Chris Tillman outdueled Jason Vargas and the
Baltimore Orioles took the opener of a three-game tilt against the Seattle
Tillman (5-1), a former Seattle farmhand, held the Mariners to one run on five
hits in 7 1/3 innings to pick up his fourth straight win. Tillman has only
pitched deeper into a game once, when he tossed 8 1/3 innings against the M's
on July 4.
"Fastball command was a little bit better tonight," said Tillman. "My changeup
and curveball kind of carried me through the game."
Vargas (12-8), the American League's pitcher of the month in July, had a
strong August debut, tossing his second complete game of the season and
seventh of his career. He surrendered three runs on eight hits in eight
innings, without issuing a walk.
Nick Markakis provided the decisive blow for the Orioles with a two-out, two-
run home run in the second inning, giving the Orioles their sixth win in eight
Lew Ford picked up a broken-bat single with one out in the third and scored
when Mark Reynolds lined a double to the left-center field gap. Two batters
later, Markakis lined a 1-2 curveball over the scoreboard in right field to
open up a 3-0 lead.
Vargas turned his night around, retiring 19 of the final 22 batters he faced
following the homer. But, with Tillman dealing, the three runs were enough for
Seattle did not pick up its first hit until the fifth inning and stranded
Munenori Kawasaki on third in the sixth.
The Mariners finally put a run across the plate in the eighth when Eric Thames
led off with a double and scored on a Kawasaki base hit, but the Baltimore
bullpen preserved the lead.
Pedro Strop picked up the final two outs in the eighth and Jim Johnson worked
around a pair of infield singles to nail down his 33rd save.
"We fought through that last inning against one of the best closers in the
game, but ultimately they made a couple of great plays," said Seattle manager
Seattle's run in the eighth snapped a 28-inning scoreless streak for the
Baltimore pitching staff...Ford, who went 1-for-3, now has a 13-game hitting
streak against Seattle that stretches back to 2005...The Orioles won their
third straight game...In his career, Tillman is 3-0 with an earned run average
of 0.85 against Seattle (two earned runs in 21 2/3 innings)...Baltimore's
Chris Davis went 0-for-3 and had his nine-game hit streak stopped...Vargas had
his five-game win streak snapped and lost for the first time since June 20.
However, he notched his eighth straight quality start...Vargas tied the
Orioles' Tommy Hunter and the Angels' Ervin Santana with 26 home runs allowed.
08/06 23:45:37 ET