May 16: Orioles (22-18) 4, Royals (20-21) 0
Behind starter Chris Tillman’s five-hit shutout performance, the Baltimore Orioles put up four runs to Kansas City’s goose egg to earn a 4-0 victory against its American League foe. Nelson Cruz contributed two RBIs in the game.
Jeremy Guthrie ended up on the short end of the stick as he started on the mound for the Royals. He went eight strong innings, giving up four runs and eight hits, and got hit with the loss.
It was all pitching in the early going as both teams totaled just three hits through the first three innings.
Baltimore finally broke through in a big way in the top half of the fourth frame. Cruz knocked in his first run of the game after a Manny Machado bunt single got the ball rolling. Machado reached first and advanced to second on a throwing error by the pitcher. He then went to third on a wild pitch. Chris Davis then walked and advanced to third on Cruz’s single. He later scored for the 2-0 cushion when Steve Clevenger grounded into a force out.
Tillman kept rolling on the hill as he was inducing fly ball outs, strikeouts and ground outs in his dazzling complete-game effort – his first of his career.
In the sixth, Cruz padded the lead a bit as he added another run on a sacrifice fly to center field.
In the eighth, Davis put the icing on the cake of a 3-0 game he belted his third homer of the year for the eventual final score of 4-0.
Tillman was never truly threatened from thereon out as he induced a ground ball double play to end the eighth and got three groundouts to finish off things in the ninth with his 117 pitches.
Guthrie looked dominant at times for the Royals but the lack of run support and his costly error and wild pitch in the fourth cost him the game and sent his to his third loss of the year.