Tillman (4-2) won for the first time in four starts, allowing
five hits and one walk while striking out three in 117 pitches.
Chris Davis recorded a solo homer and a single while Steve Clevenger
knocked in a run for Baltimore, which improved to 9-3 in its last 12
Norichika Aoki had a double for the Royals, who were shut out for
the third time this season after losing 2-1 to the Orioles on
Thursday. Kansas City’s Jeremy Guthrie (2-3) yielded four runs on
eight hits over eight innings and has not earned a victory in his
last seven starts.
Cruz’s run-scoring single bounced over leaping first baseman Eric
Hosmer to open the scoring in the fourth inning and Clevenger’s RBI
groundout gave Baltimore a 2-0 lead later in the frame. Tillman
allowed a leadoff double to Aoki in the first and gave up only one
more hit in the opening four innings.
Adam Jones reached on an infield hit, advanced to third on Davis’
single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Cruz to extend the Orioles’
advantage to 3-0 in the sixth. Davis hammered a 2-1 pitch from
Guthrie into the right-field bullpen in the eighth for his third
homer to give Baltimore more cushion.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Cruz has seven RBIs in his last three games and leads
the Orioles with 37 on the season. … Baltimore is 17-8 in night
games and 5-10 during the day. … The Royals recalled RHP Casey
Coleman from Triple-A Omaha and he pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
Kansas City OF Justin Maxwell was designated for assignment to make
room for Coleman.
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