BOSTON - Chris Tillman will make his fifth attempt at his 15th victory tonight, and the Orioles will try to avoid being swept by the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Tillman is 0-1 in his last four starts, but he left two of the three no-decisions with a lead. The other game was tied.
Tillman is 7-1 with a 2.97 ERA and seven quality starts in his 11 road outings this season. He’s 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA in eight career starts against the Red Sox.
Tillman doesn’t have a decision in three career starts at Fenway Park, but he’s allowed only three earned runs in 16 1/3 innings. He’s riding a three-game winning streak against Boston.
The current Red Sox are batting a collective .186 with no home runs against Tillman. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is 1-for-13 with five strikeouts. Dustin Pedroia is 6-for-20.
Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester is 15-2 with a 2.72 ERA in 23 career starts against the Orioles. Back in June, he allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings, with no walks and eight strikeouts, in a 6-3 loss. But he tossed seven scoreless innings against them on July 28, again striking out eight batters.
Matt Wieters is 14-for-39 (.359) with three doubles, a triple and seven RBIs against Lester. Chris Davis is 2-for-19 with a double and home run.
Danny Valencia is 2-for-11 with a home run against Lester, and he’s expected to serve as the designated hitter again tonight in a platoon role with Wilson Betemit.
Davis has 321 total bases this season, the 17th-most in club history. He’s on pace for 397, which would shatter Brady Anderson’s club mark of 369 set in 1996.
If Davis reaches 397 total bases, he would be tied for 35th place on the all-time single-season list and would have 20 more than Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera recorded in last year’s Triple Crown season.
For the Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Daniel Nava LF
Mike Carp 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Stephen Drew SS
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Jon Lester LHP
Down on the farm, Double-A Bowie’s Caleb Joseph was named to the Eastern League’s All-Star team as a utility player, and Single-A Frederick catcher Michael Ohlman was named to the Carolina League’s All-Star team.
Joseph is batting .298 with 30 doubles, 20 homers, 94 RBIs and an .833 OPS. Ohlman is batting .307 with 28 doubles, 13 homers, 52 RBIs and a .930 OPS.