Manny Machado hit a two-run home run, Chris Tillman struck out seven and the Baltimore Orioles snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.
Jonathan Schoop added a solo homer in the eighth inning for the Orioles.
The teams entered the three-game series tied atop the American League East. Baltimore has won five of the eight meetings with Boston this season.
Tillman (9-1) went seven innings to get the victory. He kept the Red Sox lineup off balance with an assortment of fastballs, sliders and curves. His lone mistake was a home run in the seventh to Jackie Bradley, Jr.
Baltimore’s bullpen gave one run back in the eighth, but Zach Britton was able close things out to earn his 20th save in 20 tries.
David Price (7-4) took the loss, despite finishing with 11 strikeouts in eight innings and retiring 19 straight at one point.
This was the third time this season Price has allowed two home runs.
Baltimore jumped on Price in its first at-bat. After Joey Rickard got aboard with a single, Machado drove a first-pitch fastball over the fence in right field to put the Orioles up 2-0.
Price settled after that, retiring 19 straight with nine strikeouts until Mark Trumbo broke the Orioles’ drought with a single in the seventh.
As good as Price was early Tillman was even better, holding the Red Sox to three hits through six innings.
Boston’s hitters did manage to force some long pitch counts, though. Tillman’s previous high for pitches this season was 110. He threw 120 pitches Tuesday. His 111th pitch of the night — a slider just over the plate — was exposed just enough for Bradley to drive it over the center field fence to pull Boston within a run.
Schoop answered with a first-pitch homer over the Green Monster to lead off the eighth.
Baltimore went to its bullpen and Boston briefly got some life, trimming the lead to a run on an RBI single by Xander Bogaerts.
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