ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Chris Tillman shut out the Los Angeles Angels on three hits over eight innings to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 5-1 win Thursday night at Angel Stadium.
Tillman (2-1) pitched his best game of the season, retiring 11 hitters in a row during one stretch, and got help from his defense early in the game to prevent the Angels from scoring.
The Orioles didn't have much offense against Angels starter Joe Blanton, but it was enough. They got an RBI single from Manny Machado in the third inning, an RBI double by Chris Davis in the sixth and an RBI double by Nick Markakis in the seventh. Blanton gave up the three runs (two earned) and eight hits in eight innings, easily his best start of the season, but he got the loss and remains winless (0-5).
The closest the Angels came to scoring against Tillman came in the first inning when Mike Trout was on second base and Mark Trumbo on first with two outs. Josh Hamilton lined a single to right field and Trout headed for home. But catcher Matt Wieters stood upright in an attempt to fool Trout into thinking there was no play at the plate. Trout came in standing up and Markakis' throw from right field was on target to nail Trout.
Tillman, who went to the same Orange County area high school as Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson, allowed only singles to Hamilton (first inning), Hank Conger (second inning) and Erick Aybar (sixth inning).
Tillman made 114 pitches through eight innings and did not have an opportunity to throw his first major-league shutout. Jim Johnson pitched the ninth and gave up a solo homer to Albert Pujols.
Nate McLouth's two-run homer in the top of the ninth off Angels reliever Ryan Brasier accounted for the Orioles' final two runs.
The Orioles took a 1-0 lead against Blanton with three consecutive singles in the third, including Machado's single that drove in Nolan Reimold.
After a one-out single by Hank Conger in the second, Tillman retired the next 11 Angels hitters, taking a 1-0 lead into the sixth.
NOTES: Angels catcher Chris Iannetta was not in the starting lineup against the Orioles for the third consecutive game. Iannetta caught all 19 innings of the marathon loss to Oakland on April 29 and has since been feeling "general soreness," according to manager Mike Scioscia. Conger started in Iannetta's place. ... Angels third baseman Alberto Callaspo was scheduled to continue his rehab assignment for the Class A Inland Empire 66ers. Callaspo, out since April 11 with a strained right calf, could rejoin the major-league club as early as Friday. ... Davis was named the American League player of the month for April. Davis was fourth in the league with a .348 batting average and led the league in home runs (nine) and RBI (28). ... Machado, 20, singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. It's the longest hitting streak in Orioles history by a player younger than 21.