BALTIMORE --- In their previous 14 games, the Orioles hadn’t had a starter get an out in the seventh inning. On Monday night, Wei-Yin Chen did much better.
Chen completed eight innings for the fourth time in his career, allowing just four hits as the Orioles beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 before 23,730 at Oriole Park
It was the ninth win in the past 11 games for the Orioles (32-31).
Philadelphia (22-43) has lost seven straight and 17 of 20.
Chen, walked one and struck out nine in getting through eight.
“It’s been a while since I had that, so yes, I feel great. But today, the reason I have that is because my teammates we had great offense, great defense and great bullpen. That’s the only reason we win the game,” Chen said through his translator.
After a 27-minute delay for rain, Chen (3-4) raced through the first three innings, allowing only a walk in the second to Chase Utley.
Cesar Hernandez led off the fourth with a bunt base hit, but he was quickly taken care of when Maikel Franco hit into a double play.
It wasn’t until Cameron Rupp flied out to right to lead off the sixth that a Phillies batter hit the ball in the air. It was the only putout recorded by the Orioles outfield.
Aaron Harang (4-8) started his fourth game against the Orioles. His first came in June 2005 with Cincinnati.
Chris Davis had the first hit, a bunt single to third base to start the second.
The Orioles scored in the fifth. Travis Snider doubled off the left field with two outs and scored on J.J. Hardy’s line single.
Jimmy Paredes singled with one out in the sixth. Adam Jones hit into a force out, Davis walked, and Matt Wieters launched a three-run home run to right, his second, and the Orioles (32-31) led 4-0.
Manager Buck Showalter is impressed with Wieters’ bat, especially with playing in just eight games.
“It's a different level of pitching, a different level of intensity but I thought that would be something that should come fairly quickly. Matt, especially a couple games, you could tell he was getting the bat to the right places,” Showalter said.
The Orioles have won all six games Wieters has caught since his return from Tommy John surgery. The one-year anniversary of the surgery is Wednesday.
Wieters said that he isn’t sure when—or if—he’ll be able to catch consecutive games.
“No date yet. Kind of see how it feels. We’ll have to go through a slight progression of just picking up a ball and throwing some long toss on the day in between. It’s something to where it’s better to be playing every other day than push it too hard and have to take some time off, so I just want to be able to be around as much as I can and play as much as I can to be able to help this team,” Wieters said.
“It feels good. It’s a major surgery that’s done to it, so I’m going to have some different feelings than I had before the surgery. It feels good. It feels strong. I feel confident I can make every throw. I think the big thing now is being able to get that recovery on the day in between, still.”
Hernandez led off the seventh with a double, and Franco was called out on strikes by home plate umpire Eric Cooper. Franco argued and was quickly ejected.
Utley singled to right to start the eighth. He was thrown out trying for second by Nolan Reimold. Cody Asche singled and moved to second on a wild pitch by Chen. Cameron Rupp struck out and Chen equaled his career high for the fourth time, the second this season.
“He was strong tonight. He was ready to go from the get-go as you could see. From his last start, he wanted to get deep in the game. He came out there with a plan and he carried it out,” Wieters said.
Chen made three putouts at first, and made some nifty plays.
“With so many ground balls in the infield, I had to run so many times, so I kind of feel tired,” Chen joked.
Zach Britton pitched a perfect ninth, and the Orioles had their fourth shutout of the season in just two hours, nine minutes.
Chen has eight quality starts this year, but just three wins.
“It's one of those things that if you're consistently pitching well, then those things work themselves out,” Showalter said. “Over the long haul, you'll get rewarded for it.”
NOTES: The Orioles will need to drop a player when they add 1B/OF Chris Parmelee. …Jerome Williams (3-6, 5.71) starts against Chris Tillman (4-7, 5.68) on Tuesday night.
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