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Chen takes 10th win with Orioles' 4-run victory over Oakland

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Adam Jones drove in five runs to help Taiwanese Major League pitcher Wei-Yin Chen (陳偉殷) take his 10th win of the season as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Oakland Athletics 8-4 Saturday night.

The Kaohsiung-native lefty was not at his best on Saturday's game and gave up three runs on eight hits in a 5-inning outing. He also had six strikeouts and didn't walk anybody.

The southpaw had a solid beginning in the game, cruising through two scoreless innings before he gave up a solo homer to Brandon Moss at the third.

Chen's major crisis came at the fourth, giving up a two-run double to Jed Lowrie.

The lefty's uneven performance, however, was backed by his teammates' offensive efforts. Jones drove in five runs, including a three-run homer in the first and a two-run single in the fourth. Baltimore's All-Star center fielder also walked and scored in the third and stole two bases, making him the first player in franchise history to record five RBIs and multiple steals in the same game.

Chen was relieved off the mound after five innings of work when his team enjoyed a 7-3 lead. He threw only 86 pitches at the game, 55 of them were strikes. This was his fifth straight outing of fewer than 100 pitches.

"I think I had the ability to go for six or maybe seven innings, so I did feel a little upset to be taken out of the game after the fifth inning," Chen said through an interpreter. "But Buck (team manager Buck Showalter) has his plan, and it's not the players' place to think about it."

The win improved Chen's season record to 10-3. The double-digit victory marks the second time in his Major League Baseball career since he joined the team in Baltimore in 2012.

Double Digit Victory a Birthday Present for Chen

It also marks a perfect birthday present to the Taiwan-native hurler, who will celebrate his 29th birthday on July 21.

The Orioles bullpen allowed only one run over four innings of work Saturday. Zach Britton faced one batter in the ninth inning to earn his 16th save.

Baltimore finished with 13 hits, nine of which came from the top three batters in the lineup: Nick Markakis, Steve Pearce and Jones. Markakis went 4-for-5 with four singles in his third four-hit effort of the year, while Pearce went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles.

Oakland starter Jason Hammel (0-2) gave up five runs in two-plus innings, his second rocky outing since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs along with All-Star pitcher Jeff Samardzija in a trade on July 5.

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