Chris Tillman isn't concerned about his steadily increasing win total or about further establishing himself as the ace of the Orioles staff.
The right-hander knew the victory was more important to his team.
Tillman pitched seven strong innings to earn his 15th victory of the season, and Baltimore beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Thursday night to avoid a three-game sweep. The victory helped the Orioles pull within 3 1/2 games of Oakland in the race for the second AL wild-card spot.
''I'm glad we got a `W' for him,'' manager Buck Showalter said. ''We've got 30 games left. September's an eternity. It'll edge by, and that will be good for us `cause we're trying to catch up.''
Manny Machado had two hits for the Orioles, including a two-run double that gave them the lead for good in the third inning. Danny Valencia had two doubles and Adam Jones also had a pair of hits for Baltimore, which opens a three-game series with the Yankees in New York on Friday.
Jim Johnson pitched the ninth ...