The Baltimore Orioles continue to receive impressive performances from their starting pitchers.
Baltimore (35-32) claimed a 3-2 victory Saturday, powered by Chris Davis' two-run homer in the fifth inning. Though his 11 home runs this season are far off his pace from last year when he finished with a major league-leading 53, it was his 12th in his last 28 matchups with Toronto.
Bud Norris gave up one run in 6 2-3 innings, marking the eighth time in nine games in which an Orioles starter completed at least six innings while allowing two runs or fewer. The rotation also owns a 2.95 ERA over the last 16 contests.
"We're all out there to help each other and get better," Norris said. "Right now we're kind of cruising."
It's been a bumpy season for Tillman (5-3, 4.91 ERA), who owns an 8.55 ERA in his five outings immediately following quality starts.
He comes off a loss despite limiting Boston to one run over six innings in Tuesday's 1-0 defeat. It marked Tillman's first losing decision in six starts even though he posted a 7.71 ERA in the first five of those games.
"Later in the game I was executing most of my pitches," he said. "So it was good to see it coming. Especially felt better as I went, so that's promising."
Tillman has also experienced erratic results in two matchups with the Blue Jays this year. His first defeat of the season came in a 2-0 loss on April 11 despite allowing no earned runs and three hits in eight innings. He was credited with a victory in Baltimore's 10-8 win at Toronto 12 days later, even though he surrendered seven runs and a season-high nine hits in 5 2-3 innings.
He's 2-1 with a 1.82 ERA in five career home games against Toronto.
The first-place Blue Jays (40-30) have dropped six of eight while homering just three times and averaging 1.9 runs per game. Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera - third and fourth on the club in RBIs - have driven in only one run each in that stretch while going a combined 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
"This has been a tough run here so we need to hopefully regroup," said catcher Josh Thole, who brought in Toronto's first run Saturday when he drew a bases-loaded walk in the second. "We're playing behind every night."
Cabrera, who was 0 for 5, is 7 for 19 with a home run against Tillman and 4 for 8 this season.
Left-hander J.A. Happ (5-3, 4.37) will try to improve his efficiency after requiring 89 pitches to get through 3 2-3 innings of a 4-0 loss to Minnesota on Tuesday. He was charged with three earned runs, six hits and three walks.
Happ gave up a solo homer to the currently-injured Matt Wieters while throwing 2 2-3 innings of relief in Toronto's 10-8 loss to Baltimore on April 23. He's 0-1 with a 2.65 ERA in three career starts against the Orioles.
Adam Jones is 5 for 10 off Happ.
Manny Machado is 6 for 11 overall while doubling in three straight games after going hitless in his previous 18 at-bats.
Toronto designated hitter Adam Lind needed a pinch-hitter for his eighth inning at-bat, leaving with a bruised right foot. His status for Sunday is unclear.
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