Baltimore Orioles Daily: Birds halt losing streak with 6-0 win over Tigers

BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 21: Chris Tillman
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 21: Chris Tillman /
Baltimore Orioles
BALTIMORE, MD – APRIL 21: Chris Tillman /

Chris Tillman threw seven shutout innings, more than enough to propel the Baltimore Orioles back into the win column.

The Baltimore Orioles finally put a stop to their ugly losing streak, beating the Detroit Tigers 6-0 in a Friday night showdown.

Designated hitter Pedro Alvarez led the offensive charge with a pair of home runs. Manny Machado was also excellent, smacking his ninth round-tripper of the year and raising his average to .356, just a few points behind AL leader Didi Gregorius.

Take a look at Alvarez’s masterful power performance:

But the performance of the game belonged to a far more unlikely hero: Chris Tillman. After posting a 9.87 ERA through his first four starts, the embattled starter was lights-out against Detroit, surrendering just one hit and striking out five men over seven one-hit innings.

It was the first step in the Orioles’ quest for revenge — they were swept by the Tigers in Comerica Park earlier this month. While both teams are off to a mediocre start in 2018, they appear to be heading in opposite directions now.

The Orioles have scored 15 runs since Wednesday night, good for one of their best three-game stretches of the year. The Tigers, meanwhile, have played their last 22 innings without scoring a run — just the kind of opponent the win-starved Baltimore fan base has been waiting for.

Tonight’s game kicks off at 7:05 p.m. ET. Below, check out our round-up of the latest Baltimore Orioles headlines.

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