In the eyes of Orioles manager Buck Showalter, left-hander Wei-Yin Chen battled some tough luck in his first two starts of the season. He pitched well enough to win, his skipper said, but was victimized by seeing-eye hits that led to some early exits.
After allowing nearly two hits an inning in those starts, Chen set the tone early against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night at Camden Yards and ended up turning in his best start of the year.
Chen didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning and held the Rays to one run and five hits over 6 1/3 innings, leading the Orioles (6-7) to a 7-1 victory in front of an announced crowd of 15,799 at Camden Yards in one of their most complete wins of the season.
“The baseball gods were kind to him tonight after not being kind to him early on,” Showater said. “We played real good defense. I thought they centered a lot of balls off him. Real good defense. Three double plays. Two behind him. … They hit a lot of balls hard tonight that we caught. For...