Chris Tillman tossed his first career shutout, Nelson Cruz drove in two runs and the Baltimore Orioles grinded out a 4-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night. Tillman (4-2) scattered five hits and a walk while striking out three
His dominant outing came one night after Wei-Yin Chen and four re.lievers combined to beat Kansas City 2-1. Chris Davis homered and Steve Clevenger also drove in a run for the Orioles. Jeremy Guthrie (2-3) bounced back from a lousy start to last eight innings against his former team.
The Royals' starter allowed four runs, eight hits and a walk while striking out two. While falling to 0-3 with four no-decisions in his last seven starts, Guthrie at least was able to save a bullpen that had been chewed up in that close loss the previous night.