In Tuesday's 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox, Chris Tillman of the Baltimore Orioles tossed eight innings of one-run ball, becoming the first Orioles pitcher since 1993 to allow three earned runs or fewer in 14 straight starts, per ESPN Stats & Info.
The right-hander struck out a season-high nine batters in Tuesday's outing, allowing just three hits and a walk. The only run he surrendered came on a solo shot off the bat of rookie first baseman Jose Abreu, who is tied at 32 home runs with Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz for the American League lead.
Tillman hasn't given up more than three earned runs since June 5, when he gave up five in just one inning against the Texas Rangers. He went through a tough stretch in late May/early June, allowing a total of 20 earned runs over 14.1 innings (four starts).
Since that June 5 start, Tillman has been a steady rotation anchor for the first-place Orioles. Over 14 outings, the 26-year-old has posted a 5-3 record, 2.31 ERA and .210 opponent batting average. He's fanned 59 batters compared to 22 walks, and recorded quality starts in all but two of those outings.
The last Baltimore Oriole to have such a streak was Ben McDonald, who did so from May 11 to June 20 during the 1993 season. In comparison, McDonald posted a 5-5 record, 2.45 ERA and .204 opponent batting average. He recorded a 66/33 K/BB ratio, and fell short of a quality start just three times over that stretch.
Tillman will look to one-up McDonald's streak when he takes the mound for his next scheduled start Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference unless otherwise specified.
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