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Tillman pitches Orioles past slumping Rangers 4-2

Monday - 7/22/2013, 12:07am  ET

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Sunday, July 21, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Chris Tillman continued the run of consistent starting pitching for the surging Baltimore Orioles.

He excelled over eight innings and the Orioles earned a 4-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Sunday night to compete the three-game sweep.

"Chris does things the right way," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Usually there's good karma when he pitches."

Tillman (12-3), who was added to the AL All-Star team as an injury replacement but did not pitch Tuesday night at Citi Field, gave up two runs and six hits while striking out seven.

He held the slumping Rangers, who have lost four in a row and seven of eight, in check until Adrian Beltre chased him with a leadoff homer in the ninth. Darren O'Day got two outs against his former team to earn his second save.

"(Tillman's) fastball was working for him and he had a handle on all three of his off-speed pitches," catcher Matt Wieters said.

"I knew I could put any finger down and know he'd be around the plate and could get a swing and a miss."

The Orioles (56-43) moved a season-high 13 games over .500 with its seventh victory in eight games, a run that has been keyed by consistent starting pitching. Baltimore starters are 7-1 in its past eight games.

Baltimore leads the Rangers by 1
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