BOSTON - The Orioles weren’t satisfied tonight with winning another series. Taking two of three from the Red Sox left them cold.
“Who cares about getting two out of three?” said center fielder Adam Jones following a 3-1 loss. “At this point and time, winning the series means nothing. We need wins is all. Good job getting the series if this was June, but it’s September. We need wins.”
“At this point, you need Ws. Lots of them,” said second baseman Brian Roberts. “Winning two is better than losing two, but it’s certainly not about winning series. It’s about winning as many games as possible in the last, what do we have, 10 left? Go out and try and win 10 and see what happens.”
Jones broke up John Lackey’s no-hit bid with a long home run to left field in the top of the seventh inning.
“Hanging slider,” Jones said.
What made Lackey so good tonight?
Was he doing anything different?
“We hit balls hard, right at guys. It’s baseball.”
Jones clearly wanted to get dressed, get on a plane to Tampa and put tonight behind him.
“With this team, we’re always a bloop and a blast away,” he said. “We just didn’t get the bloop and the blast. Move on to Tampa. We’ve got four games down there that are important, so it’s a loss and move on.”
Roberts praised Lackey, saying the right-hander was “great” tonight in tossing a two-hitter.
“He worked both sides of the plate, threw strikes, got ahead. It was one of those nights where he was just better than we were,” Roberts said.
Were the Orioles aware of the no-hit bid?
“I think everybody probably knew,” Roberts said. “It’s not something you do anything different for. You’ve got to keep having good at-bats. I’ve been no-hit before in my career. We’re worried about winning baseball games, not no-hit.”
Chris Tillman allowed three runs in the second inning and appeared to be headed for a short night, his pitch count skyrocketing. But he retired 17 of the last 19 batters he faced and made it through the seventh.
“It doesn’t surprise me,” Roberts said. “He’s done it all year. He’s pitched great. He’s one of those guys that even if he gives up a couple early, you feel like he’s still going to get you through six or seven, just like he did. He’s been our horse and he pitched well enough to win the game. We just couldn’t get him enough runs.”
“That’s Tillman,” Jones said. “He gave up a couple early and beared down. It was unfortunate we weren’t able to get some runs, but it shows how Tillman’s been throwing the ball. We were just unable to get some runs tonight.”
Tillman registered his 20th quality start in 31 outings this season, but it was a chore.
“I was trying to make adjustments all night,” he said. “I was a little out of whack the whole game. Me and Wiety (Matt Wieters) and Billy (Castro), we were able to sit down and say we’ve got to do something different here and make an adjustment. Once I made one adjustment, they kept coming. It was a grind.
“The game’s never over. I knew I still had a long way to go. It was just a little bump in the road. I’d like to get the team going better early on, but he threw a heck of a game.”
The loss dropped the Orioles two games back for the final wild card spot.
“We control what we control,” Tillman said. “We’ve got to play good baseball from here on out. We know there’s some thing we can’t control, but at the same time, we can control some things.”