The veteran right-hander will shoot for his third victory in four outings when the surging Indians resume a four-game series with the slumping Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.
Millwood, who spent his first eight big league seasons with Atlanta and Philadelphia, has pitched well in his first year in the American League, but doesn’t have a strong record to show for it. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in all but two of his 13 starts, and has yielded one run or fewer on six occasions.
However, Millwood has just three wins, including two in his last three starts.
Making his third straight start since coming off the disabled list for a strained groin, Millwood had his best outing since his first start of the year Monday, throwing six innings of three-hit ball in a 7-0 victory over AL East-leading Boston.
“You go out there thinking you have hardly any room for error. Any time you face that lineup, you really can’t take a breather,” said Millwood, who was reached for six runs in six innings of a 9-2 loss to Boston on June 21.
Millwood will have a tough act to follow after watching C.C. Sabathia take a three-hitter into the eighth inning of Friday’s series-opening 3-1 win over Baltimore.
Travis Hafner resumed his offensive surge with two hits and scored a run for the Indians, who have won six of seven overall and 10 of their last 12 road games. Hafner has 22 RBIs in his last 14 games.
Chris Gomez drove in the lone run for the Orioles, who have lost eight of nine to fall seven games above .500 (43-36) for the first time since April 26.
Baltimore’s Rafael Palmeiro went 0-for-3 with a walk and remained eight hits short of becoming the fourth player in major league history with 3,000 hits and 500 home runs. It was the first time in 13 games he failed to get at least one hit.
Teammate Sammy Sosa went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk. He is 1-for-30 in his last eight games and 3-for-42 in his last 11.