Tillman, Orioles both end skids with win over Tigers

Chris Tillman pitched seven innings of one-hit ball for his first victory since last May, Pedro Alvarez went deep twice and the Baltimore Orioles snapped a five-game skid with a 6-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.

Tillman (1-4) struck out five and walked two on 98 pitches to get Baltimore its second win in 13 games. Tillman had gone 22 straight starts without a victory since May 7, 2017 — his first outing of last season. He also pitched past the sixth inning for the first time since Aug. 11, 2016.

An RBI single by Jace Peterson that caromed off second base provided a 3-0 lead in the sixth. Alvarez hit a two-run shot off Johnny Barbato, who joined the team from Triple-A Toledo on Thursday.

For the second straight night, Peterson took advantage of an infield shift on the bases. With Fiers focusing on Chris Davis at the plate, Peterson easily stole third with no one covering the bag. He executed almost an identical play the previous night against Tampa Bay and Chris Archer, who ran off the mound but could not beat Peterson to the base.

Tigers: 3B Jeimer Candelario returned to the starting lineup Friday after dealing with soreness in his left wrist.

Orioles: 2B Jonathan Schoop (oblique strain) will play in an extended spring training game Wednesday in Sarasota, Florida, and then join Double-A Bowie by Friday for a rehab assignment.

Tigers: Francisco Liriano (2-3, 3.13 ERA) fell short in a bid for his second career no-hitter Sunday against Kansas City when Whit Merrifield led off the sixth with a solo home run.

Orioles: Andrew Cashner (1-3, 3.60 ERA) is looking to snap a two-game skid. He has allowed just 3 hits in 28 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

This error, in part, led Cretors to admit the COI report that included heavy sanctions for USC — and a show-cause order for McNair — was factually incorrect.

Cretors, who said she still believes that McNair was not credible during the original investigation, explained that the investigators did not feel it was necessary to circle back with McNair because he said he had no memory of ever speaking with Lake.

But with fresh memories of digging out of a 2-0 series hole against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round, Washington doesn’t sound like a team thinking, “Here we go again.”

Players were quick to say they played well and almost glossed over that ugly span of 4:49.

“We played a pretty good game,” defenseman Matt Niskanen said. “They scored on [Sidney] Crosby’s three shifts in a row in the third period to win the game. Otherwise we played pretty good, so I don’t think you need to overanalyze that.”sl_cardinals_065

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