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Wei-Yin Chen delivers quality start in Orioles victory

2012/08/28 16:35:43

Taipei, Aug. 28 (CNA) Taiwan's Wei-Yin Chen had a quality start in the Baltimore Orioles' 4-3 victory at home over the Chicago White Sox Monday but ended with a no-decision because his team didn't rally for the win until late in the game.

Chen shut out the White Sox for five innings, nursing a 1-0 lead provided by a Lew Ford homer in the bottom of the second, but he got into trouble in the sixth.

Dewayne Wise reached base on a ground ball to lead off the inning after Chen dropped a throw to first for an error, and Kevin Youkilis pounded the left-hander's next pitch into the left field seats to put Chicago up 2-1.

The Kaohsiung native was pulled after pitching out the inning, ending his chances for his 13th win this season. In his six innings, the 12-7 Chen allowed only four hits and one earned run, and he struck out eight.

The Orioles pulled the game even in the bottom of the sixth with a single and three walks but the White Sox again pulled ahead in the top of the eighth when it scored a run on three straight hits off Orioles' set-up man Pedro Strop.

Nate McLouth responded with a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth, securing the win for the Orioles, which now has a 70-57 record and is tied for the top wild card spot in the American League with the Oakland Athletics.

Meanwhile, while Chen has emerged as the ace on a surprisingly strong team in his rookie major league season, countryman Chien-Ming Wang continues to struggle in the minor leagues as he battles to regain a roster spot in the majors.

Wang gave up six runs on nine hits over five innings for the Washington Nationals' double-A team, the Harrisburg Senators, in an 8-6 loss to the Richmond Flying Squirrels in Richmond on Monday.

The former New York Yankees ace, who has struggled recently with hip troubles, has given up five runs or more in three of his last four games in the minor leagues.

(By Lin Hung-han and Jamie Wang)