Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Chris Tillman threw seven-plus dominant
innings to pick up his 16th win of the season, and the Baltimore Orioles took
the opener of an important four-game series with the New York Yankees by
posting a 4-2 victory at Camden Yards.
Tillman (16-5) served up solo homers to Alex Rodriguez and Lyle Overbay, but
gave up only two other hits while matching a career high with nine strikeouts
and not walking a batter.
Nick Markakis paced Baltimore at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance that
included an RBI single to help the Orioles to a fourth win in five outings and
close within 1 1/2 games of Tampa Bay for the AL's second wild card berth.
The Yankees, on the other hand, have dropped four of five and trail the Rays
by three games in the chase.
CC Sabathia (13-12) tossed 7 1/3 solid innings for New York in a losing cause,
allowing four runs -- three earned -- and striking out six.
Rodriguez quickly got the Yankees on the board with an opposite-field blast in
the top of the first, but Tillman yielded just two singles over the next six
innings and entered the eighth having set down 14 consecutive New York
Sabathia also permitted a first-inning run, as Markakis stroked a ground-rule
double to right center to open Baltimore's half of the frame and later came
around on Adam Jones' sac fly, then proceeded to hold the Orioles scoreless
until encountering trouble in the fifth.
J.J. Hardy led off with a double and was pushed to third on a groundout before
easily scoring the go-ahead run on Matt Wieters' deep fly ball to center.
Alexi Casilla then singled, stole second, and crossed the plate when Markakis
shot a base hit up the middle for a 3-1 Baltimore lead.
The Orioles increased the margin with an unearned run in the seventh. Wieters
drew a leadoff walk and took second on a Sabathia throwing error, with Manny
Machado driving him in with his 49th double of the season.
Overbay ended Tillman's run -- and his evening as well -- by sending a pitch
well into the right-field seats to begin the eighth. Tommy Hunter and Jim
Johnson kept the Yankees at bay the rest of the way, with the latter notching
his AL-best 43rd save after getting Curtis Granderson to fly out to the
warning track in center with a man on for the final out.
Managers Joe Girardi and Buck Showalter engaged in a heated argument prior to
the start of the second inning, with both having to be restrained by the
umpiring crew, though no ejections were issued. The reason behind the spat
wasn't immediately clear.
Tillman became the first Orioles hurler since Mike Mussina in 1999 to win 16
games ... The Yankees lost their sixth straight game at Camden Yards and are
1-6 at the venue this season ... New York fell for only the third time in its
last 18 contests when hitting at least one home run ... Casilla, who went 1-
for-3, is 17-for-34 lifetime against Sabathia ... Rodriguez has homered three
times in 10 career at-bats against Tillman.
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