Chen sharp as Orioles beat Archer and Rays 7-1 - NBC Sports

Chen sharp as Orioles beat Archer and Rays 7-1
Teammates greet Baltimore Orioles' Nelson Cruz (23) in the dugout after he scored a run on a single by Matt Wieters in the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Monday, April 14, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
April 14, 2014, 10:05 pm

BALTIMORE (AP) Wei-Yin Chen took a four-hitter into the seventh inning and the Baltimore Orioles got their offense back on track against Chris Archer in a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy each had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run for the Orioles, who were coming off a three-game series against Toronto in which they scored only five runs in 30 innings.

In this one, Baltimore built a 6-0 lead over the first three innings and coasted to the finish. The Orioles had 13 hits, including five doubles.

It was by far the worst of Archer's 30 big league starts. The seven runs and 12 hits he allowed were both career highs, and his ERA jumped from 1.38 to 4.50.

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