Chris Tillman gave the Orioles exactly what they needed on Thursday night. Tillman’s eight shutout innings, allowing just three hits, allowed the Orioles bullpen to rest in the 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

Tillman was particularly impressive against Albert Pujols, making him chase high fastballs that were clearly out of the strike zone. Holding the potent Angels lineup to three hits is an accomplishment, even if that team has clearly underachieved in the first month.

It was just the second start all season that lasted at least seven innings. Wei-Yin Chen and Tillman both went eight, and they’ve both come on this elongated West Coast trip.

The Orioles are 5-3 in Oakland, Seattle and Anaheim and need just one win in the final three games to ensure a winning trip.

Tillman, who looked shaky in his initial starts, has looked a lot better recently, and seems to be building on last year’s second half success.

Nate McLouth had a ninth-inning two-run home run to give the Orioles a 5-0 lead. He’s 14-for-32 in his last eight games and is batting .333.

Manny Machado was 2-for-4 to stretch his hitting streak to 11, the longest by an Oriole this season. He’s 20-for-47 and lifted his batting average from .250 to .317.