Orioles-White Sox Preview
Baltimore Orioles at Chicago White Sox
- Baltimore's win against the Indians on Sunday snapped a two-game losing streak against AL Central opponents and a four-game road losing streak against the AL Central. The Orioles have struggled against the AL Central this season, posting a .385 (10-16) win percentage versus teams from that division -- their lowest win percentage against any division this season. However, the Orioles are 2-1 (.667) versus the White Sox this season.
- The Orioles beat the Indians 4-1 on Sunday. Baltimore was down 1-0 until the sixth inning, but outscored Cleveland 4-0 from the sixth inning on. This season, the Orioles have outscored their opponents by 52 runs (148-96) from the sixth inning on when playing on the road -- the second-largest road run differential from the sixth inning on in Major League Baseball (Washington, +54).
- The White Sox scored seven runs on nine hits against the Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday. Since the All-Star break, Chicago is batting .295 at home -- the second-highest home batting average in Major League Baseball over that span (Colorado - .327).
- Nick Markakis is riding a nine-game hit streak and has reached base in 16 consecutive games (via hit, hit by pitch or walk). During his 16-game streak of reaching base safely (began on July 31), Markakis is hitting .369 with a .461 on-base percentage.
- Bud Norris has struggled when facing teams outside of the AL East this season, going 4-6 with a 4.71 ERA in 11 starts against teams not in the AL East. In nine starts against his AL East division rivals this season, Norris is 6-1 with a 2.62 ERA.
- Since July 1, Chris Sale has posted a 1.57 ERA -- the third-lowest ERA in Major League Baseball over that span (minimum 40 innings pitched).
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By JEFF MEZYDLO
(AP) -- Chris Tillman's current success has come at home for the Baltimore Orioles, but he's been just as good away from Camden Yards of late.
The right-hander will try a fourth time to improve to 7-0 on the road Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox.
Tillman (9-5, 3.68 ERA) is 6-0 with a 4.68 ERA in 13 road starts, but has a 1.69 ERA in his last four since yielding five runs in one-plus inning during an 8-6 loss at Texas on June 5.
He's not pitched away from home since July 23 when he gave up a run in six innings of a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
In Tillman's next start, he gave up five runs - three earned - in five innings of a 7-6, 12-inning victory over the Angels, but has gone 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA in the next three. He's allowed a two-run homer in each of the last two for his only runs over those three, most recently Wednesday in seven innings while not factoring in the decision of a 5-3 win over the New York Yankees.
Tillman is 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA against the White Sox (59-66), but hasn't faced them since 2012.
Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce each had three hits and combined for three RBIs in Baltimore's 8-2 win over Chicago on Monday.
Markakis, who hit one of his team's three home runs, also robbed Conor Gillaspie of a potential go-ahead homer with a leaping grab in the seventh to help the AL East-leading Orioles (71-52) win their second straight.
"They're pretty much the whole package," losing pitcher Chris Sale said. "You've got to be sharp and on your A-game when they come into town."
Markakis is batting .415 during a 10-game hitting streak, and is 9 for 15 with three RBIs in his last four at Chicago.
He's 1 for his last 7 with three strikeouts against Jose Quintana (6-9, 3.14).
The left-hander gave up five runs in 3 2-3 innings of a 5-3 loss in his first start versus Baltimore in 2012, but has yielded four and fanned 23 over 21 innings to go 1-1 in three since. All four runs have come on solo homers, most recently one from Pearce in seven innings of a 4-2 victory June 24.
"He's a guy that short arms the ball and the ball jumps out of his hand," Markakis said. "It is tough to get in a rhythm when you don't see the ball behind his back."
Quintana went 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA during a nine-start stretch prior to posting a 4.38 ERA while losing his last two. He left in the seventh of a 7-1 loss at San Francisco on Wednesday, when he was charged with four of the seven runs scored in an inning that featured an overturned blocking-the-plate call.
Nelson Cruz is 2 for his last 6 with a home run against Quintana. He hit his 32nd on Monday to surpass Chicago's Jose Abreu for the AL lead.
Abreu has gone 18 straight contests without homering.
Chicago's Avisail Garcia had a two-run single, and is 4 for 10 with three RBIs in three games since missing four months with a shoulder injury.
Alexei Ramirez is 4 for 6 with a homer against Tillman.
Updated August 19, 2014