Showalter speaks after 6-0 win

Buck Showalter moved above .500 as Orioles manager tonight, and his club moved 14 games above for the first time in seven years.

The Orioles have won 16 of their last 22 games and 12 of their last 15 at home.

Chris Tillman allowed one hit, the infield variety, over seven innings and improved to 7-2 with a 3.26 ERA.

“He was really good,” Showalter said after tonight’s 6-0 win over the White Sox. “We’re kind of getting to know him a little bit, too. Tilly’s not conventional all the time. It’s part of his presentation. Matt (Wieters) works well with him. You can tell he has a lot of confidence in what Matt puts down. It really helps his tempo a lot. I don’t think there’s any shaking going on.

“Tilly’s got a lot of weapons. Two breaking balls. He can go to one if the other one isn’t working. He was sharp. It’s one of those games that you felt like he could have finished if we needed him to.

“He had a lot of speeds and planes at his disposal. Tilly’s able to change planes when he’s right. And that’s a big weapon for pitchers.

“I think he’s matured knowing this doesn’t mean anything his next time out. I’ve seen how he started to figure out those days in between. He’ll turn the page and he has plenty of people to help him turn it.”

The Orioles saddled Chris Sale with his shortest start of the year. Nick Markakis had a three-run double off him and Lew Ford hit his second home run.

“He’s one of the best pitchers in the American League,” Showalter said. “He’s going to get a lot of votes for the Cy Young. We were fortunate. Nicky had the biggest hit of the night. He got the one breaking ball I think he left over the plate. Not everybody goes standing in there as a left-handed hitter and lets that ball start at your ribcage and hang in there and put a good swing on it. That’s tough to do, especially with a guy who’s throwing a lot of arms and legs at you. Great changeup. You see that he’s a pitcher. There’s some good stuff he’s running up there. I’m proud of the at-bats we got, especially in the second inning, which really stretched out the pitch count.”

Showalter also talked about the all-important tack-on runs, which included Adam Jones’ 100th career home run.

“Jonesy, it seems like yesterday he got traded over here. To have 100 home runs all ready...” Showalter said.

Jones ended a homerless streak of 110 at-bats.

“He spoiled us with such a high level of play and he’s still playing the heck out of center field and still has an energy he brings to our team every night and still making sure nobody takes himself too seriously,” Showalter said. “He’s impacted our club every day, no matter what he’s done statistically. You always feel like with Jonesy that if he has struggles for a couple days that somebody’s going to pay. Somebody’s going to pay.”

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