BALTIMORE—It’s becoming routine. Every fifth day, there’s Chris Tillman pitching well and giving his team a chance to win. In his last five starts, they have won.
Tillman recorded his fifth straight win and ran his record to 6-1. He’s thrown six consecutive quality starts.
Even better, Tillman continued his dominance of the Seattle Mariners as he pitched into the seventh inning, and allowed two runs on four hits in the Orioles’ 5-2 win over the Mariners before 21,167 at Oriole Park on Wednesday night.
The Orioles (24-14) broke a modest two-game losing streak.
“I felt good physically. The pitches kind of came along as the game went on. I felt good with all my pitches, I was fortunate to execute my pitches when I needed to. I’m happy with it,” Tillman said.
Matt Wieters had a home run and two doubles, and continued to play his part as Tillman’s longtime catcher.
“He threw the ball well. It’s a good lineup out there, and Tilly’s real comfortable with the weapons he has right now to defend himself. He does what he does. He goes out there and competes, and doesn’t have everything together, but he has enough to keep a good-hitting team down,” Wieters said.
“The one thing you can pinpoint is the slider command has come a long way. I think he probably started throwing it about three years ago, and he’s gotten a lot of reps with it, so he’s feeling a lot more comfortable with his slider.”
For the seventh time this season, the Orioles hit back-to-back home runs. Mark Trumbo homered to begin the second, his 12th of the year, and Wieters hit his third.
Tillman gave up a home run to Leonys Martin to begin the third.
It was just the second he’s allowed this season, and the first since Apr. 8.
Seattle (22-17) tied it at 2 in the fourth when Nelson Cruz doubled, Kyle Seager walked, and Adam Lind’s infield out moved them up a base. Cruz scored on Chris Iannetta’s fly to left.
Trumbo singled with one out in the fourth off Taijuan Walker (2-3) and Wieters’ double scored him for a 3-2 lead.
“It’s very easy to forget this guy has 20-plus home runs, hitting .270, .280 and is very capable of driving in big runs and being a solid defensive catcher. That’s why he’s been to All-Star games and why his services are coveted. Because he brings a lot to the table. You get that part of it going, I think that was a little reminder of what he’s capable of,” manager Buck Showalter said.
In the fifth, the Orioles moved ahead 4-2, scoring without a hit. Hyun Soo Kim walked, Joey Rickard reached on an error by Walker, and after Chris Davis walked with two outs, Kim scored on a wild pitch by Walker.
Iannetta doubled to start the seventh, and after Ketel Marte struck out, Tillman was done for the evening. Brad Brach struck out Martin and Norichika- Aoki.
Brach retired Seth Smith on a fly ball to center but Robinson Cano lined a ball off Jonathan Schoop’s glove that went for a double. Cruz walked, and Seager singled to load the bases.
Showalter called for Zach Britton, who hadn’t pitched since Friday. Britton struck out Dae-Ho Lee and retired Iannetta on a grounder to second.
He worked a scoreless ninth, and had his 11th save of the season, his first five-out save since Aug. 10, 2015.
Britton had worked more than one inning just once this season, and he joked that it reminded him of how he began his career before he went to the bullpen.
“I think an inning and two thirds was like my forte as a starter, so yeah, it was a lot like it,” Britton said.
Wieters doubled with one out in the eighth. Ryan Flaherty singled, and Wieters scored on Schoop’s fly to right.
NOTES: Wieters’ three extra-base hits tied a career high. He caught the 700th game of his career. … Manny Machado, who played in his 200th consecutive game, is in a 1-for-22 slump. … Nathan Karns (3-1, 3.51) faces Tyler Wilson (2-1, 2.93) on Thursday at 12:35 p.m.