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Taiwan's Chen leads Orioles back to top spot

2012/06/07 15:32:36

Taipei, June 7 (CNA) The Baltimore Orioles edged the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Wednesday to reclaim their top spot in the American League East division, as Wei-Yin Chen clinched his fifth win of the first major league season on seven strong innings in Boston.

The rookie left-hander from Taiwan yielded one run on seven hits, while striking out four without any walks in the Orioles' record seventh consecutive victory in the Sox's Fenway Park.

Chen was able to solve several crises of allowing runs with good command as well as two great diving grabs by first baseman Mark Reynolds.

The Sox scored the only run on Mike Aviles' sacrifice fly in the third frame with none out and runners on the first and third bases. The 26-year-old Chen later struck out Dustin Pedroia and avoided further damage.

Chen's latest win came after suffering two losses over the past month. In the second loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on June 1, Chen yielded five runs over 5 2/3 innings.

Compared with the last start, he did not have too many thoughts and just tried to get as many strikes as he could, Chen told MASNsports through an interpreter.

Last time he was too cautious and nervous at the beginning of the matchup, Chen said. Besides his own stellar performance, Chen said the Orioles' bullpen was also reliable.

"Our bullpen is actually very stable. I don't need to worry about what would happen to them and just feel at ease to leave the work to them," Chen added.

(By Lin Hung-han, Jay Chou and Kendra Lin)
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