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Chen shows temper in spite of Orioles win

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan native and Baltimore Orioles starter Wei-yin Chen (陳偉殷) showed rare anger during the game against the Houston Astros yesterday morning even though he successfully pocketed his sixth win this season with a dominant performance.

The 28-year-old lefty tossed 5 1/3 innings, giving out one run on four hits and striking out six. With the support of Baltimore's lineup, including Manny Machado's first career grand slam in the sixth, Chen secured his team-leading sixth win.

After Chen tossed his 97th pitch, manager Buck Showalter walked out of the dugout and pulled Chen when the O's led the game 9-1, a move that surprised Chen.

After Chen returned to the dugout, the camera caught him throwing his glove against the wall in anger.

"I felt good out there and I was kind of hoping I could go deeper in the game," Chen said through his interpreter after he was removed from play.

Chen said it means a lot to him to finish pitching five innings and seven innings, and he would like to continue playing through more innings.

According to Chen, his goal for this season is to decrease the number of pitches and finish up more innings.

However, Showalter said after the game that he pulled Chen out early so that he will be better prepared for his next game.

According to Showalter, with Chen now taking regular rest periods before each game, he will be scheduled to start for the home game against the Oakland Athletics this Friday.

Chen has started three games against the Oakland Athletics in his major league career so far, going 3-0 with an outstanding 0.44 ERA in 20 2/3 innings against the team.

Chen was out for two months with an oblique strain after pitching well before the injury during the last season, but he has come back strong so far this year, going 6-2 with a 4.26 ERA in ten starts.

In 2012, the Orioles signed Chen to a three-year contract with a club option for 2015, making him the first Taiwanese player to play Japanese professional baseball before signing with a U.S. Major League team.

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