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Indians at Orioles Preview
Kevin Chroust, STATS Writer
6/27/2015
(AP) -- While Chris Tillman is cashing in on a run-support binge, Cody Anderson did everything but get the win in his major league debut.


The Cleveland rookie takes on Baltimore's fortunate veteran in the second of a three-game series at Camden Yards Saturday night, and the Orioles are showing no signs of slowing their offensive production.

Tillman (5-7, 6.22 ERA) is 3-0 with a 6.98 ERA in his last four starts. The only game he didn't win in that span was the one in which he didn't last long enough after allowing six runs and six hits in 1 1-3 innings of Sunday's 13-9 win in Toronto.


The brevity of the outing allowed him to stake claim to a start without a walk for the first time this season, but with at least three in five of his previous six starts, he's showing no signs of lowering his major league-leading rate of 4.48 walks per nine innings.

"I'm falling behind - and even the guys I get ahead (of), it's right back in their favor almost immediately," Tillman told MLB's official website. "I've got to do a better job of keeping me on the offensive, instead of defending against their swings."

The right-hander, who has been worse at home with a 2-4 record and 6.81 ERA that's near the bottom of baseball, has a season run-support average of 6.47. It's spiked significantly on the June unbeaten streak at 14.90 per game.

More good news is four of his worst starts have come against one opponent - Toronto - and the best start on the recent anomalous span was in Cleveland. Tillman gave up two runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings of a 5-2 win on June 5 to improve to 3-2 with a 4.73 ERA in six starts against the Indians.

Jason Kipnis is 3 for 8 with a home run off Tillman, but Ryan Raburn (0 for 8) and Brandon Moss (1 for 12) have struggled.

Kipnis is batting .400 on a career-best 20-game hitting streak, as well as .373 on a 16-gamer against Baltimore. Both Raburn and Moss homered along with Carlos Santana in Friday's 4-3 loss as the Indians (33-39) allowed Baltimore (39-34) to reach five games over .500 for the first time this year.

It was six games under entering play on June 4 and has gone an MLB-best 16-5 since to get within 1 1/2 games of first-place Tampa Bay.

Jimmy Paredes is batting .396 in his last 12 games, Manny Machado is at .429 in eight, and J.J. Hardy is hitting .341 in 10 games after spending his first 34 at .217 or worse. The recent success has come with Adam Jones (sore right shoulder) missing the last five games and eight of 10, which could result in a stint on the DL.

The Orioles have taken three of four in the season series while limiting the Indians to 2.5 runs per game, but that'd be an upgrade for Anderson.

The only thing missing from Anderson's first big league start was a victory after limiting Tampa Bay to six hits in 7 2-3 innings of Sunday's 1-0 home win. The right-hander looked more the part of the veteran while issuing one walk and needing 94 pitches to become just the fourth Indians pitcher to throw that many scoreless innings in his debut.

"I'm sure there's a lot of guys in player development today that are really proud," manager Terry Francona said. "And, they should be, because he did a heck of a job."

If he's able to continue the scoreless streak, he's got a shot at Scott Lewis' 15-inning scoreless stretch from 2008, which is the franchise's longest to begin a career in records dating to 1974.


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