Baltimore Orioles Daily: Tillman flounders, but Birds score 11 to clinch series

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For the first time in more than a month, the Baltimore Orioles are back-to-back winners. Here’s how they did it.

With an 11-6 win over the Kansas City Royals, the Baltimore Orioles have won back-to-back games for the first time since April 7. It was a stirring reminder of their potential: when the lineup is on, it can really do some damage.

The Birds found themselves in an early hole after Chris Tillman’s typical struggles (the line from Thursday night: five earned runs and three walks over 1.1 innings pitched), but they found a way to power through — literally. Manny Machado, Adam Jones and Trey Mancini all homered; that power surge, along with RBIs from Chance Sisco, Anthony Santander and Jonathan Schoop, got the O’s to 11 runs. What’s more, Miguel Castro pitched 4.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Take a look at Machado’s first-inning blast:

It was the Birds’ second straight home series win, bringing them to 10-27 for the season. They’ll look to keep it going tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET, when they kick off a four-game slate against the Tampa Bay Rays. Until then, here’s what you might have missed yesterday.

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