Beltway Report: O’s win, Nats lose on Opening Day
Chris Tillman looks good in opener at Tampa: Chris Tillman pitched into the seventh, allowing a run on four hits in six and two-thirds innings, in Baltimore’s season-opening 6-2 win at Tampa on Monday.
Tillman struck out four and walked three. His strike-to-ball ratio was interesting – 52 strikes and 43 balls among his 95 pitches.
Tillman is coming off two solid seasons for the O’s – 16-7 with a 3.71 ERA in 34 starts in 2013 and 13-6 with a 3.34 ERA in 33 starts in 2014.
Dating back to the start of the 2012 season, Tillman is 39-16 in 83 starts.
Going deep: Baltimore hit three homers in the opener – leadoff man Alejandro De Aza and cleanup man Steve Pearce going deep in the sixth, and shortstop Ryan Flaherty homering in the ninth.
The O’s led the majors with 211 homers in 2014.
Three unearned runs spoil Scherzer’s debut: Max Scherzer carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but a two-out dropped pop fly opened the floodgates for the New York Mets, who took advantage of the miscue by shortstop Ian Desmond to score two runs, and then added another unearned run in the seventh to fuel a 3-1 win.
Scherzer gave up three runs, none earned, on four hits in seven and two-thirds innings, striking out eight and walking two.
Bryce Harper homered in the fourth and had two of Washington’s three hits on the day off Mets starter Bartolo Colon, who struck out eight in six innings of work.
– Reporting by Chris Graham
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