Chen (3-1) opened the game with four scoreless innings and didn't allow a hit until David Ortiz singled two batters into the fourth inning. Chen had allowed two walks prior to Ortiz's first hit.
Chen was in command of a 6-0 lead before running into some trouble in the fifth inning. Jackie Bradley had a one-out RBI double, Brock Holt followed with a sac fly and Dustin Pedroia added a two-out RBI double before Chen worked his way out of trouble.
Chen's ERA rose from 4.76 to 4.91. He will be looking to make it four straight victories when he steps back on the mound Saturday against the Royals.
A fine outing by Miguel Gonzalez on Wednesday resulted in
Chen (2-1) gave up four earned runs in each of his first two starts while giving up 21 hits between the two outings. He was much better Monday, with the only blemish coming in the sixth inning after he had been staked to a 7-0 lead.
Chen owns a 4.76 ERA and 12:2 K:BB ratio in 17 innings over his first three starts. He'll face the Red Sox Sunday.
Chen's stat line Tuesday was similar to how he performed in his season debut against the Red Sox. Only this time he earned the win.
Chen (1-1) gave up an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning to Carlos Beltran, but by the time he took the mound he already had a 3-0 lead.
The Orioles were leading 7-1 when the Yankees plated three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Alfonso Soriano led off the inning with a home run, while Yangervis Solarte added an RBI double and Brett Gardner had an RBI groundout later in the inning.
Chen has a 6.75 ERA through two starts. His next scheduled start is for Monday against the Rays. Chen was 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in three starts against Tampa Bay last season.
Making his first start of the year, Chen surrendered run-scoring singles to David Ortiz, David Ross and Jackie Bradley Jr., respectively. He allowed four runs and a career-high 12 hits over 5 2/3 innings, 11 of which were singles. He struck out five and issues no walks in 98 pitches.
Chen will make his second start of the season against the Yankees in New York on Tuesday. He went 0-1 with a 6.06 ERA in three starts against New York last season.
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