By DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer
BALTIMORE (AP) – Chris Tillman took a three-hitter into the ninth inning, Jonathan Schoop and J.J. Hardy homered and the Baltimore Orioles beat the skidding Atlanta Braves 2-0 on Wednesday night for a three-game sweep.
Tillman (8-7) was lifted after giving up a two-out double to Cameron Maybin in the ninth. The right-hander had retired 13 straight batters to that point.
Zach Britton got the final out for his 26th save.
Tillman struck out two and walked none in winning his sixth straight decision since May 31. He’s 3-0 with a 1.09 ERA in his last six starts.
The victory was the fifth straight for Baltimore, tying a season high. The surge has carried the Orioles within one game of Minnesota for the second AL wild-card slot.
Baltimore has allowed only seven runs during its winning streak, which includes its first sweep of Atlanta since 1999.