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Orioles Stifle Sox

Baltimore — Chris Tillman took a two-hitter into the seventh inning, Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 22nd home run and the Baltimore Orioles blanked the Boston Red Sox 2-0 last night in a duel between the top two teams in the AL East.

Manny Machado had three hits for the Orioles, who have won five of six — including the first two in this four-game series. Baltimore moved within 1½ games of the division-leading Red Sox, the closest the Orioles have been to first place since May 13.

Tillman (7-2) allowed three hits and four walks in six-plus innings. The right-hander permitted only one runner to get past second base in winning his third straight start.

After Jose Iglesias chased Tillman with a leadoff double in the seventh, Darren O’Day got three successive outs. Tommy Hunter worked a perfect eighth and Jim Johnson completed the three-hitter to earn his 24th save.

Making his first career appearance at Camden Yards, 36-year-old Ryan Dempster (4-7) gave up two runs and five hits in 72∕3 innings. He was victimized by a lack of offensive support — the Red Sox have gone 15 straight innings without scoring a run, and in this one they got only one hit after the fourth.

Boston has lost two in a row for the first time since May 28-29 against Philadelphia, and its streak of winning four consecutive series is over. The Red Sox are 1-4 against the Orioles this season and have won only four of the last 17 games between the clubs.

Davis led off the second inning with an opposite-field drive into the left-field seats, his sixth homer in the last eight games against the Red Sox.

Baltimore made it 2-0 in the third. Nate McLouth walked, took second on a single, advanced on a fly ball and scored when Adam Jones reached on a two-out dribbler down the third base line.

Tillman issued a walk in each of the first four innings but kept the Red Sox at bay. After Boston got runners on the corners with one out in the fourth, Will Middlebrooks hit a short fly to right and David Ross struck out.

Notes: Machado hit two doubles to increase his major league-leading total to 30. He also extended his hitting streak to 12 games, a new career high. ... The Red Sox recalled RHP Rubby De La Rosa from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned RHP Alex Wilson to the same club. De La Rosa was poised to make his Boston debut after being part of the last year’s nine-player trade with the Dodgers. ... The Orioles recalled RHP Jake Arrieta to fill out their weary bullpen. ... After being designated for assignment Monday, Boston INF Pedro Ciriaco was traded to San Diego for a player to be named or cash. ... John Lackey will start for Boston today against Baltimore and Freddy Garcia. Lackey is 11-4 lifetime against the Orioles and Garcia is 10-4 vs. Boston. ... J.J. Hardy went hitless against Dempster and is 2 for 30 lifetime against the right-hander. ... Iglesias has hit in 15 straight games in which he has a plate appearance. ... McLouth stole his 23rd base, tying a career high.