May 20, 2018
Baseball Latest News | Poll Questions | Maine Dems | Texas Shooting | Royal Wedding | Preakness

Chen helps Orioles shut out Red Sox

Kenneth K. Lam | MCT
Kenneth K. Lam | MCT
Boston Red Sox left fielder Brock Holt tries to hold on to on a foul ball hit by Baltimore's Chris Davis in the fourth inning of Wednesday night's game at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. Holt couldn't hold on and the Orioles shut out the Red Sox 6-0.
By Jeff Seidel, The Sports Xchange

BALTIMORE — Wei-Yin Chen threw seven shutout innings and was helped by three inning-ending double plays plus a two-run homer from first baseman Chris Davis as the Baltimore Orioles scored a 6-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.

Chen (7-2) clearly turned in his best performance this season. He didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning and scattered four hits overall, not coming back after a one-hour, 38-minute rain delay stopped the game midway through the seventh.

In addition, the left-hander struck out seven without a walk. He threw 87 pitches, 56 for strikes, and got some help from 4-6-3 double plays that ended the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

Center fielder Adam Jones and Davis sparked a three-run first inning that gave Chen more than enough to work with. Jones had an RBI double off Boston starter Rubby De La Rosa (1-2) in that inning, and Davis added his homer.

Catcher Nick Hundley got an RBI single while second baseman Jonathan Schoop and right fielder Nick Markakis drew bases-loaded walks off left-hander Chris Capuano in the eighth.

Baltimore’s Darren O’Day (eighth) and Zach Britton (ninth) finished the final two innings.

The Orioles (33-31) allowed Boston (29-36) to score just one run in the three-game series. Right-handers Bud Norris and Tommy Hunter combined on a shutout Monday night, and the Red Sox edged Baltimore 1-0 on Tuesday.

After managing just two hits Tuesday, the Orioles started quickly Wednesday. Left fielder Steve Pearce drew a one-out walk off starter Rubby De La Rosa in the first inning and scored when Jones followed with a double to left.

Davis then lined a two-run homer to right and gave the Orioles an early 3-0 lead.

Chen sailed along in the early innings, retiring the first 11 Boston batters before second baseman Dustin Pedroia singled to right with two outs in the fourth. Pedroia tried to stretch it into a double, but Markakis gunned him down at second.

The Orioles then made it 4-0 on Hundley’s RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the fourth.

Baltimore almost added another run when Hundley was ruled safe at second on a force play where Boston third baseman Xander Bogaerts flipped the ball to Pedroia. However, the Red Sox challenged the play and the ruling was overturned. If Hundley had been called safe, shortstop J.J. Hardy would have scored from third. Instead, the force play ended the inning.

NOTES: Orioles RHP Miguel Gonzalez (oblique strain) pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings Wednesday in his first rehab appearance for Double-A Bowie. He allowed four hits and a walk, and he struck out five. … Baltimore manager Buck Showalter again dropped 3B Manny Machado from second to seventh in the batting order, something the skipper has done a few times. LF Steve Pearce batted second. “He’s swinging the bat well. It’s pretty simple,” Showalter said of Pearce. …The Red Sox signed 36-year-old OF Andres Torres to a minor league deal. Manager John Ferrell said Torres, who hasn’t played in 2014, will begin with Class A Lowell (short season) and work his way up. There is no official timeline on when Torres would join Boston. … Red Sox SS Stephen Drew (oblique strain) was out of the lineup for a third consecutive day.

Have feedback? Want to know more? Send us ideas for follow-up stories.

You may also like