Taijuan Walker held the powerful Orioles to just four hits over 6 1/3 innings, Seth Smith hit a two-run home run and the Seattle Mariners beat Baltimore 5-3 on Thursday night. Walker (4-6) gave up a solo home run to Hyun Soo Kim in the seventh but otherwise did not allow a runner past first base. He struck out five and walked no one. With Kim's homer, the Orioles set the major league record for most home runs in June with 56. The 1996 Oakland A's had held the record of 55. Chris Tillman (10-2) took the loss, ending his nine-game winning streak. He pitched 4 2/3 innings, his second shortest outing in 17 starts this season, and gave up four runs on six hits, walking three and striking out three.
The Rangers entered the bottom of the ninth inning with a comfortable four-run lead against the Yankees, seemingly minutes away from securing an easy win. It would’ve been their 52nd victory, which would have given them the most in baseball. And hey, Matt Bush, who has been pretty good since debuting on May 13, was on the mound with his 2.29 ERA. Rob Refsnyder lined a single to center, then Bush walked Jacoby Ellsbury, putting the tying run on the on-deck circle with no outs. Understandably, manager Jeff Banister didn’t want to risk anything further, so he went to closer Sam Dyson, who has pitched admirably since replacing Shawn Tolleson in the ninth inning. Dyson, though, had struggles of his