Baltimore committed three errors in three innings, including one by Chen himself, that led to five unearned runs.
Chen allowed three hits and walked five in four and a third innings, striking out three. He threw 54 strikes in 95 pitches and lowered his ERA to 3.07.
"I think he was a little frustrated with the strike zone," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said, per MLB.com. "He won't say it. There were a lot of borderline pitches that didn't go his way and I don't think he handled that frustration too well. There was a game there to be won.
Chen's next start is scheduled for Saturday in a rematch with Boston and Justin Masterson.
Red Sox second baseman
The Orioles are underdogs (+110) against the Red Sox in Boston Monday.
"The last time in Tampa, I was thinking too much, so I messed up my [results]," Chen said, per MLB.com. "Today, I didn't try to think too much, and I feel everything was pretty good."
Chen went six innings and made just two mistakes, allowing two solo home runs to Chris Young and Mark Teixeria in the second and fourth innings respectively. His ERA gets down to 4.35 but is still in search of his first win of the year. He will look for it again Sunday against the Red Sox, who he is a career 5-3 record against with a 4.24 ERA.
Chen allowed three runs on four hits, including a home run, in his first start of the year. Chen made it through the first two innings unscathed, but surrendered a run in the third before allowing a two-run home run in the fourth and finishing with a no decision. Chen went 1-1 with a 3.67 ERA in five starts against Tampa Bay last year.
He begins the season with a 6.23 ERA. Chen will look to earn his first victory Monday against the Yankees.
"I think I finally got the feeling of my command back," Chen said through his interpreter, per masnsports.com, "and physically I feel great."
Chen closes the spring with a 2.45 ERA and 10:1 K:BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings this spring.
"Last spring, my off-speed pitches were pretty good at first, but it wasn't all that consistent," he said. "This year, I was trying to fill it out, and over this spring, and I felt better and better in mastering it. I talked to my teammates and coaches about how to throw it and how to grip it. And I think over this spring it's been getting better and better."
Chen is slated to open the regular season against the Rays on Tuesday.
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