After their newest acquisition helped them get back on track, the Baltimore Orioles appear to have a good chance to keep it going behind one of baseball's winningest pitchers.
Chris Tillman tries for his 14th victory Friday night in the opener of a three-game home series against a Seattle Mariners team he's dominated.One day after being acquired from Houston, Bud Norris allowed two runs and four hits over six innings in Thursday's 6-3 victory to give the Orioles a series win over his former club."These guys got a great club over here," Norris said. "I just want to bring my part to the table."Baltimore (60-49) certainly bounced back at the plate, going 4 for 6 with runners in scoring position and finishing with 11 hits. The Orioles had totaled 19 runs while hitting .140 (6 for 43) in those situations during a 2-6 stretch.Slugger Chris Davis hit his second home run in three games after a season-worst 10-game drought, while Manny Machado went 2 for 4 following a 3-for-34 slump.Machado has hit safely in each of his six career games versus the Mariners (50-58) and is 5 for 13 with three doubles and a homer against them this season.They'll attempt to continue that production and help Tillman (13-3, 3.62 ERA) pull within one win of Detroit's Max Scherzer for the major league lead.Tillman has posted a 2.98 ERA over his last 10 starts, winning nine of those after holding Boston to two hits over seven innings in Friday's 6-0 victory. The right-hander matched a career high with eight strikeouts in becoming the Orioles' first 13-game winner since Erik Bedard in 2007."He's going out there and doing it," outfielder Adam Jones said. "That's what we ask of him. He's got the talent. He's got the stuff."Tillman has been outstanding at Camden Yards with a 2.25 ERA and 28 strikeouts over 32 innings during a five-start winning streak there.He's also been especially dominant versus the Mariners, going 4-0 with an 0.98 ERA in four career starts.Kyle Seager, Justin Smoak and Dustin Ackley are a combined 2 for 24 in this matchup, though Seager is hitting .400 since July 1.The Mariners hope to regroup after their bullpen blew a six-run lead in the final two innings of an 8-7 loss in Boston on Thursday. They'll try to avoid their seventh loss in nine games following an eight-game winning streak.Kendrys Morales had a season-high four hits Thursday, leaving him 9 for 13 over his last three games. He's batting .394 with 10 RBIs in nine career games in Baltimore.Aaron Harang (5-9, 4.89) looks to give Seattle a solid performance after allowing one run and three hits over five innings in Saturday's 4-0 loss to Minnesota.The right-hander has gone 1-4 with a 6.03 ERA in six road starts.Harang helped the Mariners take two of three from the Orioles in Seattle when he allowed two runs and four hits over six innings in an 8-3 win on May 1.Nate McLouth went 0 for 3 against Harang in that contest, dropping his career average in their matchups to .100 (3 for 30).