Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/4/12

Baltimore Orioles rookie Wei-Yen Chen nearly threw a gem Tuesday, and he deserved better.

He was cruising in the seventh inning when his perfect game, no-hitter and shutout vanished on a homer by the Seattle Mariners' Casper Wells.

Chen finished having allowed two earned runs on two hits in 7 1/3 innings. He walked none and struck out nine on 97 pitches.

The left-hander exited with a 4-1 lead, but Pedro Strop let an inherited runner score, then allowed two more runs in the eighth as the Mariners tied the game.

Robert Andino's ninth-inning homer lifted Baltimore to a 5-4 win, but Chen wasn't involved in the decision.

Being on their toes is nothing new to Orioles defenders as their pitcher is working on a gem. Jason Hammel has twice carried no-hit bids into the late innings.

In comparison, Seattle's Felix Hernandez was gone in the sixth, having allowed four runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

With the win, the Orioles locked up a winning record at the All-Star break for the first time since 1998.

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