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May, 29, 2016

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Chen plays for shortest outing as starter

BOSTON -- Taiwan's Wei-Yin Chen pitched only five of 13 innings and took a no-decision in his fifth game as starter for the Baltimore Orioles, which beat the Boston Red Sox 6-4 Friday.

When Chen was pulled from the game after reaching 100 pitches in just five innings, the Red Sox held a 4-3 lead after he gave up five hits and four runs. He also struck out four and walked three.

However, the Orioles managed to prevent the Red Sox from scoring after the sixth inning and tied the score in the seventh.

Baltimore later scored twice in the 13th inning to win a game that lasted for four hours and 37 minutes.

Although the 26-year-old left-hander gave up three earned runs — the first time he gave up more than two in his rookie season in Major League Baseball — Chen saw his earned run average rise to 2.76 after the game.

Speaking after the game, Chen said he was too cautious in the face of the Red Sox and the infamous "Green Monster" of Boston's Fenway Park — an easy target for right-handed hitters.

Chen threw only 61 strikes in his 100 pitches during the game.

Some of Chen's fans traveled a long way to see him play, including one woman who came all the way from Japan.

The Japanese fan said she flew from Japan to Boston for a four-day visit just to see Chen's game against the Red Sox. She described herself as a follower since 2009, when Chen was playing for the Japanese professional baseball team Chunichi Dragons.

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Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen delivers a ball to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, May 4.(AP)

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