American League Game Summary - Baltimore at Seattle|
(Thursday, July 24)
Final Score: Baltimore 4, Seattle 0
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Wei-Yin Chen matched a career high with
eight innings pitched as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Seattle Mariners,
4-0, in the opener of a four-game set on Thursday.
Chen (11-3) scattered five hits -- all singles -- with a walk and three
strikeouts in just his second eight-inning start of his career. He tossed
eight scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over the Oakland A's on April 26, 2013.
"That's one of the best games I've seen him throw," Orioles catcher Caleb
Joseph said of Chen.
Delmon Young homered, Joseph collected two hits and Nick Markakis
provided an RBI for the Orioles, who have won three of their last four.
Hisashi Iwakuma (8-5) was victimized by a four-run fourth inning in the
setback. He allowed seven hits with four strikeouts over seven innings.
"He elevated three pitches, but other than that he threw pretty good,"
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said of Iwakuma. "When you don't hit, you
don't look good."
Seattle, which dropped its third straight game, looked to open the scoring in
the first, however, a heads-up play from Chen kept the game scoreless. James
Jones walked to lead off the inning, stole second and moved to third on a
groundout from Stefen Romero. Robinson Cano then tapped a grounder to the left
of Chen, who hustled off the mound and flipped the ball with his glove to
Joseph to get Jones at the plate. The umpires reviewed the play only to uphold
the decision on the field as an out.
"They actually practice that play during the spring," Orioles manager Buck
Baltimore put up a four-spot in the third and that proved to be all the Chen
needed. Ryan Flaherty and Joseph singled to begin the inning, then Markakis
poked a base hit to center that plated Flaherty for a 1-0 lead. Young followed
with a three-run homer to left-center.
Chen wasn't threatened for the rest of the night and Darren O'Day tossed a
scoreless ninth to secure the win.
Seattle's Chris Taylor singled in the fifth for his first major-league hit of
his career ... Chen has won a career-high four straight starts ... Jones has
20 stolen bases this season ... Seattle acquired Kendrys Morales from the
Twins on Thursday in exchange for pitcher Stephen Pryor. The Mariners also
placed utility player Willie Bloomquist on the 15-day disabled list with a
right knee contusion, selected the contract of Taylor from Tacoma and
recalled designated hitter/first baseman Jesus Montero from the Triple-A club.
07/25 01:39:39 ET