Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/6/12

BOSTON -- Whether it's a slugfest or pitcher's duel, Baltimore seems to have a decided edge over Boston.

The Orioles improved to 5-0 in Fenway Park this season with a 2-1 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday night, getting seven solid innings from starter Wei-Yin Chen the lights-out save from closer Jim Johnson.

Baltimore finished with just five hits, but three of them were consecutive singles to start the sixth inning and give the Orioles all the runs they would need.

"Everybody's doing a little part for the team. As a team, we are playing pretty good even though we have a lot of injuries," said Endy Chavez, who had Baltimore's first hit of the game and drove in a run during the Orioles' rally in the sixth. "We're playing good. We're focused and we're fighting and all together. That's very important."

Chen scattered seven hits, struck out four and didn't walk a batter while picking up his first win since May 15. Chen (5-2) lost twice and had a no-decision in his previous three starts.

"First of all, I haven't had a win for a long time. It was a relief to me," Chen said through an interpreter. "I was able to get a win because my teammates had really good defense tonight."

Chen kept the Red Sox guessing most of the game.

"He throws all his pitches for strikes and keeps pounding the zone," Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles said. "Next thing you know, you're down 0-2 or not making solid contact. He's a pretty good pitcher."

And so is Johnson.

Johnson struck out two while pitching a perfect ninth for his 18th save. Johnson had blown a save opportunity for the first time this season when Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth against Johnson on Tuesday, forcing extra innings. Baltimore still won 8-6 in 10 innings.

The Orioles left just one runner on base while winning their seventh straight in Boston, dating back to last year.

Josh Beckett (4-6) had a strong start for Boston. He allowed just five hits in eight innings, striking out five and not walking a batter. However, his brief struggles in the sixth and a lack of run support cost him the game.

Beckett declined to speak after the game.

"Their pitchers basically outpitched our hitters. That's really what it came down to," Aviles said. "It was a great-pitched ballgame all around. Josh pitched unbelievably well and he definitely deserved to win and unfortunately we weren't able to back him up with the bats."

Baltimore went up 2-1 in the sixth when Wilson Betemit, Ryan Flaherty and Robert Andino opened the inning with consecutive singles. Betemit scored on Andino's soft liner to right, and Flaherty came home on a fielder's choice from Endy Chavez.

Beckett got out of the jam when he got J.J. Hardy hit into a double play for the second time in the game, but the lead stood.

"By the way the game was running, I think it was a big thing that we got two runs. That was enough for the game," Chavez said. "To score a run in this game was pretty because Beckett and Chen were pitching pretty good."

Boston left eight runners on base.

The Red Sox had a great chance to at least tie it when Adrian Gonzalez and Saltalamacchia opened the seventh inning with back-to-back singles to left. The Red Sox brought in outfielder Scott Podsednik to pinch-run for Gonzalez, who was playing right field instead of his usual first base. Both runners advanced on Darnell McDonald's sacrifice bunt, but Chen struck out Marlon Byrd, and Aviles popped out to shallow right.

"He's pitched too effectively not to get a chance to decide his fate there," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "He reached back and emptied his tank there and got it done."

Boston led 1-0 after the third. McDonald, activated Tuesday after missing 22 games with a strained oblique, led off with a double, took third on Byrd's single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Aviles.

Beckett was perfect through three innings, throwing just 29 pitches while retiring the Orioles in order the first time through the lineup. Chavez was the first Baltimore player to get a hit, lining a single to left to lead off the fourth. Chavez wasn't on base for long, though. Hardy followed with a grounder to short and the Red Sox converted the double play.

Chen was relieved by Pedro Strop, who walked Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz with one out in the eighth but got himself out of trouble with two quick outs.

NOTES: Boston manager Bobby Valentine said right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka would make his first major league start of the season Saturday when the Red Sox play host to the Washington Nationals. Matsuzaka had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last June 10. Matsuzaka was 0-2 with an ERA of 3.49 in six rehab starts for Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Matsuzaka will replace Daniel Bard in the Red Sox rotation. Bard was optioned to Pawtucket on Tuesday. He'll make his first Triple-A start Friday, but his innings will be limited, according to GM Ben Cherington. ... Baltimore signed 49-year-old LHP Jamie Moyer to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk. Moyer was released by the Colorado Rockies at the end of May. He is expected to start for Norfolk on Saturday. ... The Orioles added another member of the Ripken family, drafting first baseman Ryan Ripken in the 20th round. Ryan is the son of Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken Jr.

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