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.
Chen's first start of the season will come against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. He'll open the year as the team's third starter. Chen posted a 4.07 ERA in 137 innings with the club last year.
"Right now, he is the only left in the rotation for a staff that needs to combat those lefty-heavy lineups we are going to face," Britton told the Baltimore Sun.
Chen slots in as the third starter behind opening day hurler Chris Tillman and newcomer Ubaldo Jimenez. But the Orioles are looking for him to perform better than he did in 2013, when he took a slight step back. He folllowed a strong start by losing four of his last five decisions and sporting a 5.55 ERA in his final 11 starts.
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