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Taiwan's Chen solid again for Orioles

2012/04/23 16:44:58

Los Angeles, April 22 (CNA) Baltimore Orioles rookie Wei-Yin Chen turned in another strong start Sunday, holding the Los Angeles Angels and feared slugger Albert Pujols in check in the Orioles' come-from-behind 3-2 win on the road.

The Taiwanese left-hander allowed just one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings, his longest stint in three major league starts, but he ended up with a no-decision.

"Keep in mind that's the first time he's pitched on four days rest; he's used to pitching on five. And his fastball was crisper," Orioles manager Buck Showalter was quoted by the Baltimore Sun as saying about Chen. Showalter thought the outcome could have even been better.

"Quite frankly, he didn't get the benefit of a lot of borderline calls like (Angels starter Dan) Haren was, but he worked his way through that. He was the difference today," said Showalter, who was ejected in the sixth inning for challenging ball and strike calls by home-plate umpire Angel Campos.

The 26-year-old, who has a 1-0 record in his first three starts, lowered his ERA to 2.60 from 3.27 and struck out five, including Pujols twice, in his best start to date.

"Today I accomplished a small goal I set for myself, but I still feel I could have finished up better," the Kaohsiung native said through his interpreter about his longest start.

Chen, the first Taiwanese player to sign a multiple-year contract with a major league club, was pulled from the game in the bottom of the seventh with the Orioles trailing 1-0 after giving up one-out walks to Alberto Callaspo and Bobby Wilson.

The Orioles pulled ahead 2-1 in the eighth on a Nick Markakis bases-loaded single, ensuring that Chen would not be the pitcher of record.

Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick tied the game in the bottom of the inning with a home run, but Baltimore pulled the game out in extra innings when Markakis drove home Robert Andino with a single, helping the Orioles avert a three-game sweep.

(By Oscar Wu, Hsiao Po-hsiang, Jay Chou and Kendra Lin)