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O's set team mark with win at Fenway

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BOSTON -- Baltimore manager Buck Showalter decided it was time to let Wei-Yin Chen handle things on his own a little more.

The rookie left-hander passed the test.

Chen scattered seven hits in seven innings and the Orioles set a franchise record with their seventh consecutive victory in Boston, beating the Red Sox 2-1 on Wednesday night.

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Chen's most important inning was the seventh, when Boston had runners on second and third after a pair of singles and a sacrifice. He struck out Marlon Byrd and got Mike Aviles to pop up to short right, escaping the jam.

"He'd pitched too effectively not to let him decide his own fate," Showalter said.

Chen, the first Taiwanese-born player in Orioles history, is slowly building a nice season. He understood the faith his manager showed.

"I really appreciate that Buck trusted me," Chen said through a translator. "That's the key point."

And the Orioles, who moved into sole possession of first place in the AL East, made another point that they're proving to be trouble for the Red Sox again this season.

The Orioles, who knocked Boston out of the postseason on the final night of the regular season last year, have won 12 of the past 15 meetings. They are 5-0 at Fenway Park this season.

Endy Chavez, who had three hits in a series-opening victory Tuesday, drove in the go-ahead run with a grounder in the sixth. Boston has lost three straight for the first time since early May.

"Everybody's doing a little part for the team," Chavez said. "As a team, we are playing pretty good even though we have a lot of injuries. We're playing good. We're focused and we're fighting and all together. That's very important."

Chen (5-2) was coming off the worst start of his first major league season, when he allowed five first-inning runs Friday in a loss to Tampa Bay. This time he struck out four, didn't walk anyone and stranded six runners.

Josh Beckett (4-6) was the tough-luck loser, allowing two runs, five hits and striking out five in eight innings. It was the fifth consecutive start he has pitched at least seven innings.

"I learned a lot from him tonight," Chen said of going against Beckett. "I haven't had a win in a long time. It was a relief to me."

Chen went 0-2 with a no-decision in his previous three starts.

Aviles thought Boston's best shot came in the seventh.

"Yeah, that's exactly what it came down to. Their pitchers basically outpitched our hitters," he 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."

Beckett declined to talk to reporters.

Jim Johnson, who had his first blown save of the season Tuesday after converting 25 consecutive chances dating to last year, got three outs for his 18th save. The first batter he retired was Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who hit a tying, two-run homer one night earlier.

Trailing 1-0 and with just a single in the first five innings, the Orioles opened the sixth with three consecutive hits and took the lead with two runs. Robert Andino had an RBI single after Wilson Betemit and Ryan Flaherty singled. Chavez's fielder's choice made it 2-1.

The Red Sox grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third when Darnell McDonald doubled off the Green Monster, advanced on Marlon Byrd's single and scored on Mike Aviles' sacrifice fly.

Chen allowed hits in every inning except the first, but kept the damage to a minimum.

With help from third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who made a diving grab of Mark Reynolds' second-inning liner, Beckett retired the first nine batters on 29 pitches, fanning three.

Beckett faced the minimum and held the Orioles to one runner through the first five innings -- Chavez's single leading off the fourth. Chavez was erased when J.J. Hardy bounced into a double play.

Notes

  • The Orioles signed 49-year-old LHP Jamie Moyer to a minor-league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk. He is expected to start Saturday against Buffalo. Showalter said Moyer will get "two or three starts down there and we'll see what happens." Moyer became the oldest pitcher to win as a starter when he earned a victory with Colorado in April.
  • Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka will start Saturday against Washington, one day before the one-year anniversary of his Tommy John surgery. Matsuzaka made eight rehab starts and is taking the spot of Daniel Bard, sent to Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday. Bard, a converted reliever, is 5-6 with a 5.24 ERA.
  • The Orioles selected Cal Ripken Jr.'s son, Ryan, in the 20th round of the draft. "That was pretty cool," Showalter said. "This kid's got a chance to be a player. He's an outstanding prospect." The 6-foot-6 Ryan Ripken played at the Gilmon School in Baltimore.
  • Showalter also said he heard 2B Brian Roberts, attempting to come back from a concussion sustained more than a year ago, "looked good. He's moving around and playing good defense." Roberts is playing in the minors.
 
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The O's set a franchise record with their seventh straight win in Boston, and have won 12 over the past 15 meetings overall. (AP)
The O's set a franchise record with their seventh straight win in Boston, and have won 12 over the past 15 meetings overall. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

R. Andino
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Baltimore

W. Chen
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 0
K 4
 
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Endy Chavez, RF4011000 .155
J.J. Hardy, SS4000002 .264
Adam Jones, CF4000010 .307
Matt Wieters, C3000000 .246
Chris Davis, DH3010010 .295
Mark Reynolds, 1B3000011 .222
Wilson Betemit, 3B3110010 .222
Ryan Flaherty, LF3110010 .172
Robert Andino, 2B3011000 .249
Totals3025205  
Batting
RBI - Endy Chavez (4), Robert Andino (15)
Team LOB - 1
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wei-Yin Chen (W,5-2) 7711040 3.49
Pedro Strop (H,11) 1000210 1.23
Jim Johnson (S,18) 1000020 1.38
Pitches-Strikes - Wei-Yin Chen 100-69, Pedro Strop 21-10, Jim Johnson 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wei-Yin Chen 8-9, Pedro Strop 1-1
Batters Faced - Wei-Yin Chen 28, Pedro Strop 5, Jim Johnson 3
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Aviles, SS3001002 .266
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4000021 .285
Kevin Youkilis, 1B3010101 .236
David Ortiz, DH3000111 .310
Will Middlebrooks, 3B4020003 .321
Adrian Gonzalez, RF3010002 .263
    Scott Podsednik, PR-LF1000002 .387
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4010002 .278
Darnell McDonald, LF-RF2110010 .190
   a- Ryan Sweeney, PH1000010 .302
Marlon Byrd, CF3010012 .211
   b- Daniel Nava, PH1000010 .305
Totals3217127  
a-struck out for McDonald in the 9th
b-struck out for Byrd in the 9th
Batting
2B - Darnell McDonald (5, Chen)
SF - Mike Aviles (3)
SH - Darnell McDonald (1)
RBI - Mike Aviles (34)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Aviles-Pedroia-Youkilis, Middlebrooks-Pedroia-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Beckett (L,4-6) 8522050 4.04
Vicente Padilla 1000000 4.70
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 92-66, Vicente Padilla 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 9-8, Vicente Padilla 2-1
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 27, Vicente Padilla 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37243
Game Time - 2:31
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Dan Bellino