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Tillman delivers badly needed strong start against Dodgers

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. 
 

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Orioles pitching falls apart as Tigers complete sweep in Detroit

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Orioles pitching falls apart as Tigers complete sweep in Detroit

DETROIT - Leonys Martin hit his first big league grand slam, Jeimer Candelario had four hits and three RBIs, and the Detroit Tigers beat Baltimore 13-8 Thursday to extend the Orioles' losing streak to six.

Jordan Zimmermann (1-0) gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, allowing two home runs to Manny Machado and one to Chris Davis. Zimmermann was pitching for the first time since being hit in the jaw by a line drove off the bat of Cleveland's Jason Kipnis on April 11.

Alex Cobb (0-2) made his second start after signing a $57 million, four-year contract in spring training and his ERA rose to 15.43. He allowed seven runs - five earned - and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Machado had four RBIs for the Orioles, who were outhit 18-14 in the game and outscored 23-15 in the three-game sweep.

Victor Martinez hit an RBI single in the first, but Davis put Baltimore ahead with a two-run homer in the second, his sixth hit and fourth homer in 10 career at-bats against Zimmermann.

Detroit went ahead for good with four runs in the bottom half after third baseman Tim Beckham's throwing error allowed James McCann to reach base leading off. Jose Iglesias hit a two-run triple, Miguel Cabrera had an RBI single and Nick Castellanos a run-scoring groundout.

Machado's homer in the third cut Baltimore's deficit to 5-2, but Candelario's two-run homer extended the lead to 7-2 in the bottom half. Martin homered off Mike Wright Jr. in a five-run fifth.

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Orioles fall in Detroit after wild 8th and 9th innings

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Orioles fall in Detroit after wild 8th and 9th innings

DETROIT -- Dixon Machado came to the plate with only one big league homer to his name, but the way this game was going, anything seemed possible.

"Walking to the plate I was thinking, `What if I hit a homer right here?'" the Detroit infielder said. "He threw me a fastball away but when he came in with a pitch I was ready for it and I just hit it hard."

Machado led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run , capping a wild final two innings and lifting the Tigers over the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 on Wednesday. Detroit led 2-1 before each team scored three runs in the eighth and one in the ninth.

Baltimore's Luis Sardinas tied it with a solo shot off Shane Greene (1-0) in the top of the ninth, but then the 26-year-old Machado hit a line drive off Pedro Araujo (1-2) that cleared the fence in left field. It was his second homer in 299 big league at-bats.

The game was moved from 6:40 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. in anticipation of bad weather. Although it was a sparse crowd, to say the least , the sun did come out, and those fans in attendance were treated to quite a few homers.

Miguel Cabrera went deep on his 35th birthday, and Jeimer Candelario and John Hicks also homered for Detroit. Hicks hit a three-run shot in the eighth that put the Tigers up 5-4.

Danny Valencia hit a solo homer for the Orioles, who have lost five straight.

Detroit's Matthew Boyd allowed a run, two hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings, striking out six. Baltimore's Kevin Gausman allowed two runs and nine hits in six-plus innings.

Cabrera's solo homer put the Tigers up 2-1 in the sixth, but Manny Machado and Chris Davis hit RBI singles as part of a three-run rally by Baltimore in the eighth. The drive by Davis was nearly a home run, but it hit the wall and stayed in play.

"There were obviously a couple bad breaks -- our ball hits the top of the fence and comes back and their ball goes over -- but there were four or five breaks we got during the game on bounces or pitch calls," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "If you lose focus and start feeling sorry for yourselves, every team you play is going to take advantage and step on your throat."