BALTIMORE—Chris Tillman had been magnificent. In his previous four starts, Tillman allowed four runs in 28 innings and won all four.
On Tuesday night, Tillman gave up four runs in the third inning alone.
Tillman’s search for his 15th win will have to wait at least another five days as the Orioles’ five-game winning streak came to an end in the Colorado Rockies’ 6-3 win before 23,677 at Oriole Park.
After learning he hadn’t been selected to the All-Star Game, Tillman reeled off four straight wins. Those wins came just after three of his poorest starts of the season.
Now, he can start on a new streak.
The Rockies (48-52) scored four runs on five hits in the third, all on two-strike hits.
Carlos Gonzalez had a two-run double and Trevor Story a two-run single.
“Any situation you get in like that, long innings, you always feel like you’re one or two pitches away. I felt like we made a lot of good pitches that inning, made some pitches to get some outs, but you’ve got to give credit to them. They put some huge at-bats together, made some really good swings and I wouldn’t change a thing that inning. I missed with a couple but also made some really good pitches at the same time,” Tillman said.
“We’ve talked about this before. When you’re getting in pitchers counts and not putting guys away, it’s frustrating, but you’ve got to go back and look at the positives. You got to two strikes and you’ve just got to find a way to put them away.”
Two more runs scored against Tillman (14-3) in the fifth on an RBI double by Nolan Arenado and a wild pitch by Tillman.
“Chris, the pitches he elevated they didn’t miss. Very close to a better outing, he got through five. We just didn’t do much offensively,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Tillman was lifted after five and replaced by Tyler Wilson, who was given a reprieve before game time. Wilson, who was summoned when Ubaldo Jimenez went on the paternity list, was kept on when he returned. He threw four perfect innings.
The Orioles (58-41), who suffered a rare home loss, decided to keep 13 pitchers for now and jettisoned outfielder Julio Borbon instead.
With the loss, the Orioles are still a gaudy 37-15. They had won a season-high six straight at home. Their fifth winning streak of five or more games overall came to an end.
Colorado started Chad Bettis (9-6). On Aug. 17, 2013, Bettis allowed eight runs—six of them unearned—in 2 2/3 innings in Baltimore.
Bettis was much sharper in his second outing against the Orioles. He allowed two runs, on an Adam Jones’ two-run home run in the fifth inning, and just four hits in six innings.
The Orioles trimmed the lead to 6-3 in the eighth. Scott Oberg walked Jones, who took second on Hyun Soo Kim’s infield out and third on Manny Machado’s single.
Boone Logan struck out Chris Davis, who is now 0-for-23, and threw a wild pitch to score Jones. Mark Trumbo popped out to end the eighth.
There have been a number of similar streaks for Davis in his Orioles career, and it always seems as if they end with a barrage of home runs.
“He’s going through a period where he’s not stating the obvious- doing what he’s capable of,” Showalter said. “You got to stick with him and trust the track record. He’s frustrated with it, believe me. He’s here early. Sometimes you can try too hard. I know how bad he wants to be the contributor he’s capable of being.”
Carlos Estevez pitched the ninth for his ninth save.
While Davis isn’t swinging well, Adam Jones is playing well. He’s either scored or driven in all six Orioles runs this series.
He walked twice and now has 27 bases on balls this season, nine away from his career high.
“No, I have not changed as a hitter. I just, I don’t know, man. I still think I swing a lot, and I still think I swing out of the zone a lot. I’ll take the walks if 3-2 is really outside or in or up or down. It just has to be something I really can’t reach for me to take it,” Jones said.
NOTES: Kim was 1-for-3 in his first game since July 10. He was on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. “I felt good that I’m heading in the right direction. I’m trying to find the right mechanics to be in the ballgame again,” Kim said through his translator. …The Orioles end their homestand on Wednesday night. Jon Gray (6-4, 4.12) faces Dylan Bundy (3-2, 3.30). … Jimenez will start at Minnesota on Thursday night.