Baltimore at Oakland

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Chen allows two hits in 8 innings as O's blank A's

CBSSports.com wire reports
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Wei-Yin Chen pitched eight strong innings, giving up only two hits to help the Baltimore Orioles beat the Oakland Athletics 3-0 on Friday night.

Jim Johnson completed the three-hitter by getting the final three outs for his ninth save. The Orioles have won seven of their last nine games while the A's have dropped seven of eight.

Chen was brilliant not allowing a runner to reach third base. He struck out five and walked two. This was the longest start of Chen's career. Chen went 7 2/3 innings on May 10 against Texas last season.

The Orioles broke a scoreless tie in the seventh inning as J.J. Hardy lead off against Tommy Milone (3-2) with a single that A's right-fielder Josh Reddick bobbled for an error allowing Hardy to go to second. After an out, Steve Pearce drove him in with a sharply hit ball past diving A's shortstop Adam Rosales.

Baltimore added two runs in the ninth against Oakland reliever Ryan Cook on an error and sacrifice fly.

Milone gave up six hits and struck out five while allowing the unearned run.

The Orioles had chances early but Milone worked out of trouble.

Milone worked out of a first-and-third jam with two outs in the first inning and continued to get the critical outs when he needed them. After he gave up a lead-off double to Pearce in the fifth, Milone retired the next three Orioles batters to keep it scoreless.

Notes

It was the first three-error game for the A's this season.. Injured Oakland slugger Yoenis Cespedes (hand) went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk in his second rehab game on Friday night with Triple-A Sacramento. A's manager Bob Melvin said Cespedes was scheduled to play in the field on Friday night, DH on Saturday and, if all goes well, will be activated on Sunday. ... The A's are slated to send A.J. Griffin (2-1, 4.50) to the mound on Saturday to face Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman (0-1, 5.23). Griffin has never faced the Orioles. Tillman has one previous career start against the A's (May 27, 2011), allowing one earned run and six hits in 4.1 innings. ... The Orioles have not won a season series against the A's since 1998. ... The A's celebrated the 40th anniversary of the club's 1973 World Series title - the second of three consecutive championships - on Friday before the game with an autograph session for fans. The celebration will continue before Saturday's game with a pre-game on-field reunion honoring the members of the 1973.

 
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Wei-Yin Chen yields two hits in eight strong innings to carry the Orioles to their seventh win in nine games. (USATSI)
Wei-Yin Chen yields two hits in eight strong innings to carry the Orioles to their seventh win in nine games. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

J. Hardy
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Baltimore

W. Chen
IP 8.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 2
K 5
 

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Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Markakis, RF4001012 .284
Manny Machado, 3B5010003 .268
Adam Jones, CF4010021 .354
Chris Davis, 1B3000111 .354
Matt Wieters, C4000032 .219
J.J. Hardy, SS4220010 .195
Nolan Reimold, LF3010101 .222
    Chris Dickerson, PR-LF0100000 .125
Steve Pearce, DH3021100 .200
Alexi Casilla, 2B3000013 .241
   a- Nate McLouth, PH1001000 .297
    Ryan Flaherty, 2B0000000 .114
Totals3437339  
a-grounded out for Casilla in the 9th
Batting
2B - Manny Machado (7, Milone), Steve Pearce (1, Milone)
SF - Nick Markakis (2)
RBI - Nick Markakis (11), Steve Pearce (4), Nate McLouth (5)
SB - Manny Machado (2, 3rd base off Milone/Norris)
Team LOB - 8
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wei-Yin Chen (W,2-2) 8200250 2.53
Jim Johnson (S,9) 1100010 0.69
Pitches-Strikes - Wei-Yin Chen 106-68, Jim Johnson 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wei-Yin Chen 3-16, Jim Johnson 1-1
Batters Faced - Wei-Yin Chen 28, Jim Johnson 4
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, DH4010000 .294
Chris Young, CF3000111 .158
Josh Reddick, RF4000021 .159
Jed Lowrie, 2B4010001 .360
Josh Donaldson, 3B4000011 .286
Derek Norris, C2000110 .278
Nate Freiman, 1B3010001 .160
Casper Wells, LF3000011 .000
Adam Rosales, SS3000001 .200
Totals3003026  
Batting
2B - Jed Lowrie (10, Johnson), Nate Freiman (1, Chen)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Rosales-Lowrie-Freiman
E - Josh Donaldson (2, Throwing), Jed Lowrie (4, Misplayed grounder), Josh Reddick (2, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Milone (L,3-2) 6.2610150 3.38
Sean Doolittle 1.1000030 1.04
Ryan Cook 0.2121210 1.64
Pat Neshek 0.1000000 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Milone 105-64, Sean Doolittle 19-16, Ryan Cook 29-16, Pat Neshek 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Milone 9-6, Sean Doolittle 1-0, Ryan Cook 1-1, Pat Neshek 1-0
Batters Faced - Tommy Milone 27, Sean Doolittle 4, Ryan Cook 6, Pat Neshek 1
Game Information
Attendance - 16944
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - Bob Davidson