Baltimore J.J. Hardy homered, Chris Tillman won his third straight start, and the Baltimore Orioles took advantage of three errors by the Kansas City Royals in a 5-3 victory Wednesday night.
Manny Machado scored a run and hit an RBI single for the Orioles, whose season-high fourth consecutive win moved them eight games over .500 (21-13) for the first time this year.
Baltimore has been outhit in each of its past three games, including 7-5 in this one. The Orioles are 3-6 when outhit by their opponent.
Tillman (3-1) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings. The right-hander came in 0-2 with a 10.93 earned-run average in three career starts against the Royals.
Troy Patton pitched the seventh, Darren O’Day and Brian Matusz worked the eighth, and Jim Johnson got three outs for his 13th save.
It was the 34th successive save opportunity converted by Johnson, tying the club record set by Randy Myers in 1997.
Alex Gordon hit his second home run in two games and Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 with a homer for Kansas City.
Luis Mendoza (0-2) gave up five runs, three earned, and five hits in six innings for the Royals.