Foltynewicz Solid in Return but Braves Shut Out in Finale

Braves4Orioles Opening Day starter Chris Tillman continued his dominant second half, pitching 8 2/3 scoreless innings as Baltimore completed the sweep with a 2-0 win over Atlanta Wednesday night.
The O’s, winners of their last five, recorded their first three-game series sweep since June 26-28 against Cleveland as they find themselves 51-49, just one game out for the second spot in the American League Wild Card.
“We’ve gone through a pretty good stretch here where our guys have been pretty good,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of a staff that has gone 4-0 with a 1.25 ERA over the last six games. “It goes without saying it’s something we’re going to need while we try to figure out a way to get better offensively, which we have on a given night. But pitching like we’ve been pitching keeps you in every game. I’ll take my chances with that.”
Tillman, who has allowed one earned run in 23 2/3 innings since the All-Star Break, used solo homers from Jonathan Schoop and J.J. Hardy to record his eighth win of the year. Braves righty Mike Foltynewicz turned in a quality start despite the loss, striking out eight and allowing two runs over six innings.
The righty held Atlanta to four hits in an outstanding effort that marked Baltimore’s longest start of the season. At just 90 pitches through eight innings, Tillman took the mound to a rousing ovation, and exited it the same way after a two-out double from Cameron Maybin.
“I felt my command was good from the get-go,” said Tillman, who is 3-0 with a 1.09 ERA over his last six games. “Better arm side than glove side. My changeup is what got me through that start. I made some good pitches early and late, when need be.”
“You have to tip your cap to those guys, but … I would rather give up solo shots than a couple two or three-run home runs there, which I could have given up,” Foltynewicz said.
Atlanta ran into a red-hot Tillman, picking up just four hits during Wednesday night’s shutout. The Braves were held to just four runs for the series, and collected just five runs in their last series against the Cardinals.
Shelby Miller (5-7, 2.27 ERA) will take the mound Thursday at 6:05 p.m. CT when Atlanta begins a four-game series against the Phillies. Miller has taken the loss in his last three outings, and he’ll aim to pick up his first win since May 17 against the Marlins. He’s coming off a 7 1/3 inning performance where he gave up one run on two hits in a loss to the Cardinals. THunder Radio will have the broadcast of the game beginning at 6:00 PM