Chen misses 8th win, but Orioles top Tigers
July 16, 2012, 12:09 am TWN
BALTIMORE--Wei-Yin Chen of the Baltimore Orioles again missed a chance to notch his eighth win of the season after the bullpen broke down, but the Orioles still pulled out an 8-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers in 13 innings.
In his fifth attempt at his eighth victory, the Taiwanese left-hander pitched a solid game at home, yielding only one run on two hits over six innings and lowering his ERA to 3.80.
Chen was on track for the win when he was pulled with his team in front 4-1, but closer Jim Johnson could not hold the lead in the ninth when the Tigers rallied for three runs to tie the game.
"I can only hope the next game will be better," the 7-5 Chen said through an interpreter.
It was the third time this year, and the second time in Chen's last three starts, that he left the game with a lead only to end up with a no-decision.
However, "that is just part of the game and I can't bother thinking about it too much," he said, noting that it was impossible for any reliever or closer not to give up hits no matter how good they are.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Chen should not worry about not having been credited with a win since June 17.
"This one's the last thing a starting pitcher has control over. You think he had control over it today. He didn't. That's why. If you get too bogged down in wins and losses ... It's how many times he gives his team a chance to win," Showalter said.
He added that Chen pitched very well and was focused mentally, which allowed him to remain unaffected by outside factors.
After the Tigers tied the game in the ninth, both teams scored a run in the 11th, and then Detroit took a 6-5 in the top of the 13th.
In the bottom half of the inning, J.J. Hardy hit a solo home run to tie the game at 6-6, and then Taylor Teagarden, making his debut in an Orioles uniform, hit a two-run walk-off shot over the right field wall to end Detroit's six-game winning streak.