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Adam Jones had a one-word description of the Orioles' second straight shutout win:
The Braves, who have lost six of seven, were shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since June 5-6, 2009. Jason Hammel threw a one-hitter in a 5-0 victory for the Orioles on Saturday night.
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Jones said Hammel and Chen dominated by staying ahead in the count.
"It's been pretty fun to watch from center field," Jones said. "The important part of it is they always started with strike one. They've been able to do what they want because they've been ahead in counts."
The Orioles, who remained 1½ games behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East, have won seven of eight. They are 9-3 in interleague play with series wins over Washington, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Atlanta.
Chen (7-2) gave up six hits and one walk in seven innings to outpitch Randall Delgado (4-7), who allowed only two runs and three hits in eight innings.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter applauded Chen's ability to successfully bunt and field bunts -- no small feat for an American League pitcher from Taiwan.
Chen's sacrifice helped the Orioles score a run in the sixth.
"It's something you work on in spring training and it could be a difference-maker in the game, and I think it was today," Showalter said.
Chen fielded a poor bunt by Delgado in the third to start a double play that helped spoil a scoring opportunity for Atlanta.
"I'm sure they were rolling their eyes in spring training as we were going over and over bunt defense, being an American League East team," Showalter said. "It was nice that it helped us and made a difference."
Still, Chen is no fan of interleague play.
"Not really, because I hate hitting," he said through a translator.
Delgado's eight innings matched his longest start. He walked one batter and struck out six.
"They did a good job of executing small ball," Braves catcher David Ross said. "They played the game the way it's supposed to be played."
A misplay by Matt Diaz helped Baltimore stretch the lead in the sixth. Diaz ran in before stopping too late and watching a line drive by Steve Pearce sail over his head for a double to the left-field wall. Pearce advanced on the sacrifice by Chen and scored when Delgado balked with Robert Andino at the plate.
Delgado balked as he tried to move from the stretch to a full windup.
"You just have to do that step-off, but I didn't," he said.
The Braves lost two of three to the Orioles after being swept in three games by the Yankees.
One day after being shut out by Hammel, the Braves sputtered again as they hit into double plays in each of the first three innings.
"We played well, same as we did in the Yankees series, but we've got nothing to show for it," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We outhit them [7-4] again today and got nothing to show for it."
Showalter said the Orioles "got some breaks here" by facing the Braves when first baseman Freddie Freeman missed the series with a sore finger.
"The only thing we need to avoid is pressing," said Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, who was 0 for 3 with a walk.
"You'd still like to think you can go out there and score three runs no matter who's in the ballgame."
Ross and Andrelton Simmons led off the third with singles before Delgado bounced a bunt too hard toward Chen, who threw to third to start a double play. Simmons advanced to third on a throwing error by Andino at second base, but Michael Bourn ended the inning on a groundout.
The third was the only inning in which the Braves managed more than one hit.
Showalter said he was impressed by the play of Simmons, the rookie shortstop who in the third inning made a tough grab of a sharply hit grounder by Jones and bounced up to make a strong throw to first to end the inning.
Atlanta's Eric O'Flaherty, who had been out with a sore left elbow, got one out in the ninth in his first appearance since June 8.
|Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen goes seven strong innings to help Baltimore to its seventh victory in eight games. (Getty Images)|
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|Robert Andino, 2B||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.237|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.254|
|Chris Davis, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.294|
|Jim Johnson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Adam Jones, CF||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||.311|
|Wilson Betemit, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.235|
|Mark Reynolds, 1B||2||0||0||1||0||2||0||.238|
|Ronny Paulino, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.271|
|Steve Pearce, LF||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||.324|
|Wei-Yin Chen, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Darren O'Day, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Troy Patton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Pedro Strop, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Nick Johnson, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.203|
|Ryan Flaherty, PR-RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.186|
|a-singled for Strop in the 9th|
|2B - Adam Jones (14, Delgado), Steve Pearce (3, Delgado)|
|SF - Mark Reynolds (2)|
|SH - Robert Andino (3), Wei-Yin Chen (1)|
|RBI - Mark Reynolds (21)|
|Team LOB - 1|
|DP - Hardy-Andino-Reynolds, Chen-Hardy-Reynolds, Chen-Hardy-Andino|
|E - Robert Andino (10, Throwing)|
|Wei-Yin Chen (W,7-2)||7||6||0||0||1||2||0||3.36|
|Troy Patton (H,4)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.45|
|Pedro Strop (H,12)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.42|
|Jim Johnson (S,20)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.21|
|Pitches-Strikes - Wei-Yin Chen 101-70, Darren O'Day 2-2, Troy Patton 3-3, Pedro Strop 3-3, Jim Johnson 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wei-Yin Chen 10-6, Troy Patton 1-1, Pedro Strop 1-0, Jim Johnson 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Wei-Yin Chen 25, Darren O'Day 1, Troy Patton 2, Pedro Strop 1, Jim Johnson 3|
|Michael Bourn, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.313|
|Martin Prado, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.313|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.287|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.251|
|Matt Diaz, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.263|
|Jason Heyward, RF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.252|
|David Ross, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.246|
|Andrelton Simmons, SS||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Randall Delgado, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.273|
|a- Juan Francisco, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|b- Jack Wilson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.175|
|Chad Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Eric O'Flaherty, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-announced for Delgado in the 8th|
|b-popped out for Francisco in the 8th|
|DP - Uggla-Prado, Simmons-Uggla-Prado|
|Randall Delgado (L,4-7)||8||3||2||2||1||6||0||4.12|
|Pitches-Strikes - Randall Delgado 102-69, Chad Durbin 12-7, Eric O'Flaherty 2-1|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randall Delgado 10-6, Chad Durbin 2-0, Eric O'Flaherty 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Randall Delgado 26, Chad Durbin 3, Eric O'Flaherty 1|
|Attendance - 29530|
|Game Time - 2:33|
|Temperature - 82|
|Umpires - Home - D.J. Reyburn, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Ron Kulpa|