For the first time since the O's inception in 1954, Baltimore(62-48) won a ballgame with its only run coming from a leadoff homer.
With the attendance of 35,217 at Camden Yards on Sunday, Markakis took a Hisashi Iwakuma splitter and belted it out the park. The ball flew over the right wall and landed on Eutaw Street. Markakis' shot in the right-field would become the most crucial score as the afternoon continued.
In his nine year career with the Orioles, Nick Markakis had been in the leadoff position 191 times before yesterdays game. According to the Orioles.com, Markakis is one of baseball's best when it comes to starting off games, with a.345 on-base percentage and 30 extra-base hits including the final series with the Seattle Mariners.
Chris Tillman (8-5) struck out six batters with zero walks to earn his first win since the month of June. Before yesterdays game, Tillman was 0-1 over his previous six starts while only allowing three runs or fewer in each of the games he lost. He is 6-0 on the road and 2-5 at home.
In just two innings, Tillman had 41 pitches. He gave up three hits and pitched to every batter on the Mariners(57-54). Amazing pitching by Tillman with the relief of Andrew Miller and Zach Britton( 23 saves after yesterday) closed down the Mariners lineup for the win.
With the O's offense struggling , the strong pitching staff came through to just give five hits and two walks on Sunday. Statistically, the Orioles have the worst batting average and on-base percentage according to mlb.com. Nevertheless, The Orioles care about the wins whether it be 1 run or 7.
The O's take their bats down the beltway for the Washington Nationals tonight at 7:05pm.