For the fifth time this season, the Orioles have hit back-to-back home runs in an inning.
Tonight, it allowed them to take a 2-1 lead over the Blue Jays at Camden Yards.
Brian Roberts led off the bottom of the third inning with his seventh homer, and Nate McLouth followed with his 12th, depositing the ball onto the flag court in right field.
Roberts also homered yesterday, creating his own back-to-back scenario.
McLouth now has 100 career home runs, putting him only 662 behind Barry Bonds. Or is McLouth going for the clean record?
The Orioles also hit back-to-back home runs against the Blue Jays on May 23, with Nick Markakis and Adam Jones doing the honors. They took the lead tonight against Todd Redmond, who was in camp with the Orioles this spring.
I knew back then Redmond would be pitching at Camden Yards in late September. For someone else, of course.
Chris Tillman threw eight pitches in the first and 25 in the second, when the Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead. Adam Lind singled and Anthony Gose doubled with one out, the ball taking a bad hop behind McLouth. Ryan Goins reached on an infield hit with two outs to score Lind.
If Tillman works 5 2/3 innings tonight, he will become the fifth Orioles pitcher since 2001 to log 200 or more innings in a season, joining Sidney Ponson (2004), Rodrigo Lopez (2005), Daniel Cabrera (2007) and Jeremy Guthrie (2009-11). It would be the 112th 200-plus inning season in club history.
Jim Palmer holds the franchise record with 323 innings pitched in 1975 and has the most 200-plus inning seasons with 11.
Tillman has completed four innings tonight, allowing one run and four hits, walking one and striking out seven. His career high is nine, achieved three times this season.
Update: Tillman has completed the sixth and reached the 200-inning mark. He's held the Jays to one run and five hits, with one walk, eight strikeouts and a hit batter.
Tillman has thrown 98 pitches, 65 for strikes. No one is warming in the bullpen.
The Orioles continue to lead 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth.
Update II: Tillman allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, with one walk, nine strikeouts and a hit batter. The nine strikeouts tied his career high.
Kevin Gausman replaced Tillman, who threw 113 pitches, including 75 for strikes.
Can the bullpen protect the lead and give Tillman his 17th win?
Update III: Well, there's your answer.
Pinch-hitter Mark DeRosa's bloop single to right field off Brian Matusz with two outs in the top of the eighth scored Jose Reyes with the tying run.
Reyes singled off Gausman, was sacrificed to second and took third on a wild pitch.