LOS ANGELES—On the night he was named as an All-Star starter for the first time, Manny Machado showed the Los Angeles Dodgers why.
Machado hit a long three-run home run and made his first Dodger Stadium highlight fielding play as the Orioles broke their five-game losing streak.
Chris Tillman worked seven innings as the Orioles beat the Dodgers 4-1 before 45,373 on Tuesday night.
With the scored tied at 1, Adam Jones walked off Kenta Maeda (7-6) to star the fifth. Hyun Soo Kim walked and Machado launched his 19th home run, which landed an estimated 453 feet away. That put the Orioles (48-35) up 4-1.
Tillman, who in his last three starts, allowed 14 runs in 14 2/3 innings, delivered one of his strongest starts to date, giving up a run on five hits.
“Chris was the difference. He was good. He’s been good all year, basically. He’s been pretty consistent. Kind of dialed up something we were in need of. Kind of a reminder thats how you play it. Score some runs and play good defense and make it stand up at the end,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Machado went well into foul ground to field Trayce Thompson’s grounder and throw it to first, showing off his skills to an audience that’s getting to see him for the first time this week.
The heroics of the All-Star third baseman came a day before his 24th birthday. He smiled when he was asked about the long home run.
“I got it good, Yeah, I got it good. Good hitters hit it a little harder over the stadium, but I guess I don’t have that pop,” Machado said.
The Dodgers (48-38) scored off Tillman in the first when Corey Seager doubled, extending his hitting streak to 18 games, longest in the National League this season and scored on Adrian Gonzalez’s single.
Tillman (11-2) allowed just three singles in the next six innings.
“It was good. We were able to mix pitches just enough and make some pitches when we had to. I felt like we had pretty good command of all the pitches tonight,” Tillman said.
While Machado and four teammates are going to the All-Star Game in San Diego on July 12, Tillman won’t be despite his strong record.
“A lot of guys deserved it and there are some really impressive years going on. I got a chance to congratulate all our guys today and I’m happy for them,” Tillman said.
Machado said that Tillman’s motivation came from the three substandard starts.
“I think he was pretty bummed out about his last couple of starts. He puts a lot of pride and a lot of emphasis into it. Knowing him, his last two starts [didn’t go] well, and he wanted to come and prove a point today. He did that and more,” Machado said. “He came out aggressive and threw all his pitches for strikes. I think that’s what makes him so effective.”
In the top of the second, Kenta Maeda (7-6) walked Mark Trumbo. Matt Wieters singled. Jonathan Schoop thought he singled to right, but Yasiel Puig forced Wieters at second as Trumbo scored to tie the score at 1.
Tillman was replaced by newly named first-time All-Star Brad Brach to start the eighth, and Brach struck out the side.
Zach Britton, who was named to his second All-Star team, pitched a scoreless ninth for his 24th straight save.
Tillman will start on Sunday, the final game before a four-game break. Machado will be looking forward to it.
“He’s been a horse for this team. He’s been carrying us. He came out with the ‘w,’ and we put up some runs for him,” Machado said.
NOTES: Showalter said that there was nothing new on Darren O’Day (hamstring). He said the Orioles aren’t yet planning a rehab game.
“We haven’t gotten that far to make those plans. This is not a good injury. It’s something that takes time. If you push it, you could miss a whole year,” Showalter said.
Trumbo was in the 2012 Home Run Derby with the Angels. He’d like a second now that he’s officially an All-Star.
“I guess it’s a possibility. I haven’t heard anything yet, but I have interest,” Trumbo said.
… LHP Ashur Tolliver, who had two stints with the Orioles, and is now at Norfolk, is sidelined with a hamstring injury.… Frederick OF Conor Bierfeldt has been named the Carolina League Player of the Week. Kevin Gausman (1-6, 3.97) faces former Oriole Bud Norris (4-7, 3.89) Wednesday at 3:10 p.m.