Los Angeles, July 8 (CNA) Taiwan's Wei-Yin Chen gave up a season-high three home runs Sunday in the Baltimore Orioles' 6-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels, the latest chapter in the left-handed starter's season of inconsistency.
In his first start since a brilliant outing against the Seattle Mariners, in which he only yielded two hits in 7 1/3 innings, Chen gave up five runs on five hits, including three home runs, before being pulled from the game in the fifth inning after walking the lead-off hitter.
"Sometimes I pitch good one game, and sometimes I have a horrible game," Chen was quoted on Orioles website through his interpreter. "That's one thing I want to learn."
The 26-year-old rookie retired the side in order in the first inning before his nightmare began at Angels Stadium of Anaheim.
The Angels' Erick Aybar hit a solo home run with two out in the bottom of the second, and Mike Trout followed with a solo blast with two out in the third.
Torii Hunter then doubled to center and was driven in on a blast to left by Albert Pujols.
The Taiwanese pitcher yielded another run in the fourth, when he walked two consecutive batters and then yielded an RBI single to Maicer Izturis.
Chen was not the only Oriole who struggled, however, the offense, which averaged a mere three runs a game on its seven-game West Coast road trip to Seattle and Los Angeles, managed only five hits and was shut out by the Angels for the second day in a row.
As usual, the Kaohsiung native refused to cast any blame on anybody else but himself, saying he did not have good control Sunday.
"I didn't feel as comfortable with my pitches as I did in my last start, in terms of both speed and control," he said in Chinese to Taiwanese media.
Chen, whose record fell to 7-5 after losing his third straight decision, saw his ERA rise to 3.93 after Sunday's game. He failed to pitch at least six innings for the seventh time in 17 starts, and said he would focus on pitching deeper into games after the All-Star break.
"I hope I can pitch at least six innings in every game in the second half of the season," he said. "I don't care how many games I pitch. I only hope that once I start, I can hang in there six or seven innings."
(By Oscar Wu, Lin Hung-han and Nell Shen)