It's the ninth time in 10 starts that Chen has allowed three or fewer earned runs, but during that time span, he's only got one win on his ledger. Chen allowed single runs in each of the first three innings, but wound up going seven innings, scattering six hits while striking out four.
Chen falls to 1-4 on the season but has a solid ERA of 3.21.
Chen has been shaky in his last two starts, allowing seven runs on 19 hits in 12 innings. His 1-3 record is not indicative of how he's pitched this season, however. He owns a solid 3.13 ERA.
"He just had some soreness in an area we wanted to check out before we committed there and before we did some things with [T.J.] McFarland and some other guys," manager Buck Showalter said, per the Baltimore Sun. "But he feels good. He is ready to go Saturday."
Chen has struggled in his last two outings in raising his ERA from 2.53 to 3.13. He has worked his way out of jams, but has allowed seven runs on 19 hits in his last 12 innings. His saving grace has been control - he has not walked a batter during that stretch.
Chen was staked to a 2-0 lead after the second inning, but he served up a solo home run in the third inning and followed it up by giving up two runs on a bloop single in the fifth. It was the first time in six starts that the starter failed to complete six innings.
"I allowed a lot of hits today," Chen said through interpreter Louis Chao, per MASNSports.com. "But I'm thankful for my teammates, who played good defense behind me. That ball wasn't hit that hard, but it dropped in a bad place for me. All I can do after that is manage damage control."
Chen owns a 3.13 ERA and 44:14 K:BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Rays on Saturday.
Chen (1-3) surrendered an RBI double in the second inning to open the scoring, then served up a two-run homer to Justin Ruggiano in the fourth. He lost the quality start in the seventh, when he allowed an RBI triple.
"He was good," manager Buck Showalter said, per MASNSports.com. "Left a couple breaking balls up that he paid for, but other than that he was crisp. Deep into the game and wasn't much margin for error for him the way their guy was pitching. I thought he pitched pretty well all things considered. Just a couple of mistakes he paid for. A breaking ball he left that he was trying to get it obviously in a different spot and left it over the plate.
"Wei-Yin gave us seven pretty solid innings and we'll take that. Felt like we would make a run at him at some point if we could stay in touch with him. We had some good opportunities, but obviously against a quality back of the game pitcher."
Chen had delivered four straight quality starts coming into Wednesday. He owns a 2.90 ERA and 38:14 K:BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings. The lefty is scheduled to face the Astros Monday.
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