If you stuck it out through the rain last night, you got to see one hell of an ending.
Chris Tillman delivered with his best start of the 2009 season. He had a five inning one hit shutout during which he retired nine straight.
The rookie went 6.2 innings, giving up just one run on five hits. Tillman gave out one free pass and had his first start in which he didn’t strike a batter out.
With the quality start, he dropped his era to 4.5 and in his last two starts he’s 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA.
Matt Wieters threw out Carl Crawford twice in the win. Yeah, Carl Crawford, the guy who stole six bases in a game earlier this year.
Baltimore had the game put away in the ninth, when Jim Johnson came in with a 2-1 lead. Johnson blew the save after two batters. JJ is now 8-13 in save opportunities and shot his ERA up to 4.04 from 2.86.
Luckily for him, Matt Wieters became the third Oriole to hit a walk off homer this season. One of the others was another rookie, Nolan Reimold against the Jays on May 27.
Wieters hit .500 with two homers and 9 RBI against the Rays. Over his last 11 games, he’s hitting .333.
Baltimore has won 4 of their last 6 and is now 7-6 on the year against the Rays.