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Chen leads Orioles past Mariners 2-1

By TODD KARPOVICH
Associated Press
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BALTIMORE (AP) After Baltimore left-hander Wei-Yin Chen put together another dominant performance Friday against Seattle, his thoughts were with his family and friends thousands of miles away in his native Taiwan.

A deadly gas explosion in Kaohsiung reportedly killed at least 25 people and injured close to 300. None of Chen's family were injured but he expressed concern for those affected by the tragedy.

On the mound, Chen was fully focused as he won his fifth consecutive start and had a season-high eight strikeouts to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 2-1 victory over the Mariners.

''Unfortunately back in my hometown there was a horrible accident,'' Chen said. ''So today this win I would like to give out to my home people and I would like to send out my best wishes to them and hope everybody is all right there.''

Baltimore has won nine of its past 11 games and remained atop the AL League East. An RBI single by Manny Machado in the third, snapped the Orioles' scoreless streak at 19 innings.

Chen (12-3) allowed one run and five hits with one walk over 7 1-3 innings. Andrew Miller, acquired from Boston on Thursday, pitched a scoreless eighth in his debut for the Orioles (61-47). Left-hander Zach Britton picked up his 22nd save.

The Orioles improved to 18-2 when Chen goes seven or more innings.

''If you get seven innings out of your starter, you're going to win your share of games,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ''Shortens up a lot of things in the bullpen and really allows you to put people in situations that they prosper in. But regardless of the analysis of the game, it starts and most of it is with Wei-Yin. He's really solid for us here lately in a time of need, obviously standings-wise.''

Robinson Cano had two hits for the Mariners and is 115 for 317 (.363) lifetime at Camden Yards.

''He's tough,'' Cano said about Chen. ''He threw everything for a strike. He's not a guy that is just going to give you anything.''

Mariners left-hander Roenis Elias (8-9) allowed two runs and seven hits with seven strikeouts and one walk over 5 2-3 innings. It was his longest outing since June 28 against Cleveland.

The Orioles took a 1-0 lead on Machado's single in the third. The Mariners answered the next inning on a double by Kendrys Morales that scored Cano when Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph could not hold onto a relay throw by J.J. Hardy. That snapped a streak of 11 consecutive scoreless innings by Chen against Seattle.

In the sixth, Machado led off with a double and Hardy drove him in with a two-out single for a 2-1 lead.

''Both pitchers really good,'' Hardy said. ''I think Chen threw the ball great. Elias threw the ball really well, and then our bullpen came in and shut them down and luckily we got a couple big hits.''

Seattle fell to 5-37 when trailing after seven innings.

''They played a better game than we did,'' Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. ''It was a hard-fought game. It was one of those games where they beat you. We didn't lose.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will make a rehab start for Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday. He is then expected to rejoin the Orioles when they travel to Toronto for a three-game series beginning Tuesday.

ON DECK

Mariners: Left-hander James Paxton (2-0, 2.25 ERA) will make his first start after initially going on the disabled list on April 9 with a left lat strain and then going on the 60-day DL with a left shoulder injury.

Orioles: Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (5-5, 3.77 ERA) will be facing the Mariners for the second time in his career. The previous start was less than a week ago when he did not get a decision in the Orioles' 3-2 victory.

BIRTHDAY BOYS

The game between the Mariners and the Orioles featured two players celebrating their birthdays Friday. Seattle left-hander Roenis Elias turned 26, while the Orioles' center fielder Adam Jones became 29. Jones went hitless in three at-bats against Elias.

CRUZ BREAKS SLUMP

Baltimore's Nelson Cruz had a double in the fourth, snapping an 0 for 21 skid and the longest of his eight-year career.

 
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M. Machado
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
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R. Cano
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Austin Jackson, CF3000121.271.331.395
Dustin Ackley, LF4010011.253.301.373
Robinson Cano, 2B3120100.331.392.454
Kendrys Morales, 1B4011004.217.246.306
Kyle Seager, 3B4000022.278.345.481
Chris Denorfia, RF4000001.238.289.313
Corey Hart, DH4000000.203.278.314
Mike Zunino, C3000020.210.260.434
Chris Taylor, SS3010010.350.381.500
Roenis Elias, P0000000.000.000.000
   Tom Wilhelmsen, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3215128    
Batting
2B - Kendrys Morales (13, Chen), Chris Taylor (3, Chen)
RBI - Kendrys Morales (21)
SB - Dustin Ackley (4, 3rd base off Miller/Joseph)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Dustin Ackley 1
DP - Seager-Cano-Morales, Seager-Cano-Morales-Taylor-Cano-Morales, Seager-Cano-Morales-Taylor-Cano-Morales-Ackley-Morales
E - Chris Taylor (1, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roenis Elias (L,8-9) 5.2721170 4.19
Tom Wilhelmsen 2.1100000 2.25
WP - Roenis Elias (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Roenis Elias 87-58, Tom Wilhelmsen 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roenis Elias 6-3, Tom Wilhelmsen 2-4
Batters Faced - Roenis Elias 24, Tom Wilhelmsen 7
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Nick Markakis, RF4020000.282.343.386
Manny Machado, 3B4131011.269.313.427
Adam Jones, CF4000014.290.316.489
Nelson Cruz, DH4010013.264.335.523
Chris Davis, 1B3000013.196.308.386
J.J. Hardy, SS2011100.274.307.363
Delmon Young, LF3110003.328.357.474
   David Lough, LF0000000.208.283.320
Caleb Joseph, C3000021.199.268.309
Jonathan Schoop, 2B3000011.211.248.321
Wei-Yin Chen, P0000000.000.000.000
   Andrew Miller, P0000000.000.000.000
   Zach Britton, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3028217    
Batting
2B - Manny Machado (12, Elias), Nelson Cruz (19, Elias), Delmon Young (8, Elias)
RBI - Manny Machado (28), J.J. Hardy (33)
2-OUT RBI - Manny Machado (9), J.J. Hardy (11)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Caleb Joseph (3, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wei-Yin Chen (W,12-3) 7.1511180 3.76
Andrew Miller (H,14) 0.2000100 2.30
Zach Britton (S,22) 1000000 1.62
Pitches-Strikes - Wei-Yin Chen 104-75, Andrew Miller 14-7, Zach Britton 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wei-Yin Chen 7-7, Andrew Miller 2-0, Zach Britton 2-1
Batters Faced - Wei-Yin Chen 28, Andrew Miller 3, Zach Britton 3
Game Information
Attendance - 39487
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Clint Fagan, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Tim Welke