Tonight in MLB: Tillman tries for 10th win

Tonight in MLB: Tillman tries for 10th win
June 30, 2013, 9:30 am
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Justin De Fratus gave up the winning run in the ninth, but the Phillies' 4-3 loss falls on an offense that stranded 11 runners on Saturday night.

Also, in an effort to get struggling Cole Hamels going, the Phillies will give the lefty two extra days rest before his next start.

Now, let's take a look at some of Sunday's MLB action:

Yankees at Orioles, 8:05 p.m.
The Baltimore Orioles have won seven straight starts by Chris Tillman.

Adding Brian Roberts back to their lineup can only enhance their chances of making it eight in a row.

Tillman will be on the mound and Roberts will play for the first time since the season's first week when the Orioles try for their first three-game sweep of the New York Yankees in over eight years Sunday night at home.

Tillman (9-2, 3.72 ERA) improved to 6-0 with a 3.98 ERA over his last seven outings as he allowed three runs over seven innings in Tuesday's 6-3 victory over Cleveland to capture his fifth straight start. He's bidding to become the first Oriole to win six games in a month since Rodrigo Lopez in July 2002.

The right-hander has matched his career-high win total from last season. He hasn't faced the Yankees this year, and is 2-3 in seven starts against them with an 8.16 ERA - his second-worst against any AL opponent (see full preview).

Giants at Rockies, 4:10 p.m.
The Colorado Rockies' Michael Cuddyer will seek to extend his franchise-record hit streak by adding to Madison Bumgarner's recent struggles at Coors Field.

The left-hander has pitched well lately, though, and he'll try to help the San Francisco Giants avoid a seventh consecutive loss and their first three-game sweep in Colorado in 11 years.

Cuddyer wasted little time adding to his streak Saturday, pushing it to 26 games with an RBI single in the first inning. The Rockies (41-41) didn't score again in the 2-1 victory until Nolan Arenado singled in the ninth to end the game (see full preview).

Cardinals at Athletics, 4:05 p.m.
The St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen just got a nice break.

Jake Westbrook will try to give that group even more rest.

The veteran sinkerballer goes for a third consecutive winning start in Sunday's series finale against the Oakland Athletics.

After rookie Shelby Miller was removed in the second inning of Friday's 6-1 series-opening loss, ace Adam Wainwright threw a five-hitter in Saturday's 7-1 victory.

It was an especially important performance after the Cardinals (49-31) had lost two straight and five of six to fall out of the top spot in the NL Central, and the team's previous six starters had a combined 6.75 ERA in 29 1-3 total innings (see full preview).

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