Orioles vs. Twins: Baltimore’s Wei-Yin Chen struggles in 6-1 loss to Minnesota


Baltimore starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen failed to get out of the sixth inning in a 6-1 loss to the Twins. (Ann Heisenfelt/AP)
May 3

Even after the Baltimore Orioles received a much-needed deep start from right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez on Friday night, Manager Buck Showalter said before Saturday’s game he would need another long outing from left-hander Wei-Yin Chen before he could feel completely confident his bullpen was back in order.

But on Saturday, Chen did not last past the sixth inning. He departed after a season-high 108 pitches as the Orioles fell, 6-1, to the Minnesota Twins before an announced 25,318 at Target Field.

The usually sure-handed Orioles committed two throwing errors, one apiece by Gold Glove infielders J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado.

The Orioles have lost eight of 10 games this season in which they’ve committed an error. Those mistakes extended innings for Chen (3-2), who allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits with five strikeouts and one walk.

The Twins (13-15) took the lead three batters into the first. Trevor Plouffe’s RBI double into the right-center-field gap scored Joe Mauer from first base.

With the game tied at 1 in the third inning, Brian Dozier took a 3-2 pitch from Chen off the second-deck facade in left field for a solo homer, his eighth of the season, to give the Twins a 2-1 lead.

It was one of two homers for the Twins, including a backbreaking three-run homer by Mauer off reliever Brad Brach in the seventh inning.

The Orioles (15-13), meanwhile, didn’t solve Twins starter Kevin Correia, who held the club to one run and five hits over seven innings.

Correia (1-3) entered the afternoon with an unsightly 7.33 ERA and was coming off a start in which he gave up eight runs.

But Correia stranded four base runners in his first three innings Saturday and ended his outing by retiring 13 of the last 14 batters.

Brach, who was recalled from Class AAA Norfolk on Friday to provide bullpen depth, struggled in his Orioles debut.

He allowed four hits and three runs, all on Mauer’s homer, over 11 / 3 innings.

— Baltimore Sun

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