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Wei-Yin Chen delivers quality start in Orioles victory

2012/09/14 20:11:52

Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) Taiwan's Wei-Yin Chen got a no-decision in the Baltimore Orioles' extra innings victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at home Thursday, but pitched well enough to get a standing ovation when he was pulled in the eighth inning.

Caught in a pitchers' duel, the 12-7 Chen only gave up one run in his first seven innings, but the Orioles still trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh.

Taylor Teagarden then drove in two runs with a double to put Baltimore on top 2-1, giving Chen and the Orioles bullpen a chance to close out the victory over the final two innings.

But it wasn't to be. Chen opened the top of the eighth by walking Desmond Jennings, who advanced to second on a passed ball, stole third and scored on an infield single by Ben Zobrist, ending Chen's night.

He received a standing ovation from the Camden Yards as he walked to the dugout, and his teammates gave the home fans more to cheer about when Manny Machado broke the 2-2 deadlock in the bottom of the 14th with a walk-off RBI single.

Chen gave up two runs on eight hits, walked one and struck out seven in 7 1/3 innings, lowering his ERA to 4.00, and he was not disappointed that he did not pick up his 13th win.

"I just want to do my job well," said Chen. "There's no way to control external factors in baseball."

With their 81st victory -- and 13th in a row in extra innings -- the Orioles are assured no worse than a .500 record for the first time since 1997.

They remain tied with the New York Yankees for the lead in the AL East Division in one of baseball's biggest surprise stories of the year.

(By Lin Hung-han and Hanna Liu)