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Chen solid as Orioles top Angels 3-2

The China Post--Taiwan-native Baltimore Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen (陳偉殷) gave his strongest performance in his third Major League start Sunday, holding the Los Angeles Angels to one run over his longest start this season at the latter's home stadium at Anaheim, California.

 But the 26-year-old lefty was stuck again with a no-decision before he was replaced at the seventh inning when his team was trailing behind 0-1.

 The Orioles later rallied back thanks to Nick Markakis's two-run single in the eighth inning and a run-scoring single in the 10th, helping Baltimore beat the Los Angeles 3-2 in extra innings.

 Chen, fresh off his first career Major League victory last week, tossed a season-high 6 1/3 innings and struck out five.

 He lowered his season ERA to 2.60 after the 96-pitch quality start.

 The Taiwanese lefty had held the Angels' Nos. 2-5 batters hitless, including two strikeouts of Albert Pujols, a three-time National League Most Valuable Player.

 Pujols was 0 for 4 and remained without a home run in his 16 games and 65 at-bats, the longest drought from the start of a season in his 12-year career.

 "I know he (Pujols) is a great batter so I tried to keep my pitches low," Chen said after the game.

 Commenting on his performance during the game, Chen said he accomplished a preliminary goal by pitching to the seventh inning.

 But he still thinks he could give an even better performance with a longer outing in the future.

 "We are still learning about him," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Chen, who was signed to a three-year deal this winter out of Japan.

 "Quite frankly, he didn't get the benefit of a lot of borderline calls like (Los Angels starter Dan) Haren was, but he was able to work through that. He was the difference today," he noted.

 Showalter was ejected in the sixth for arguing balls and strikes.

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