Punchless Sox blanked again in Baltimore
BALTIMORE — Wei-Yin Chen threw seven shutout innings and was helped by three inning-ending double plays plus a two-run homer from first baseman Chris Davis as the Baltimore Orioles scored a 6-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.
Chen (7-2) clearly turned in his best performance this season. He didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning and scattered four hits overall, not coming back after a one-hour, 38-minute rain delay stopped the game midway through the seventh.
In addition, the left-hander struck out seven without a walk. He threw 87 pitches, 56 for strikes, and got some help from 4-6-3 double plays that ended the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
Center fielder Adam Jones and Davis sparked a three-run first inning that gave Chen more than enough to work with. Jones had an RBI double off Boston starter Rubby De La Rosa (1-2) in that inning, and Davis added his homer.
Catcher Nick Hundley got an RBI single while second baseman Jonathan Schoop and right fielder Nick Markakis drew bases-loaded walks off left-hander Chris Capuano in the eighth.
Baltimore’s Darren O’Day (eighth) and Zach Britton (ninth) finished the final two innings.
The Orioles (33-31) allowed Boston (29-36) to score just one run in the three-game series. Right-handers Bud Norris and Tommy Hunter combined on a shutout Monday night, and the Red Sox edged Baltimore 1-0 on Tuesday.
After managing just two hits Tuesday, the Orioles started quickly Wednesday. Left fielder Steve Pearce drew a one-out walk off De La Rosa in the first inning and scored when Jones followed with a double to left.
Davis then lined a two-run homer to right and gave the Orioles an early 3-0 lead.
Chen sailed along in the early innings, retiring the first 11 Boston batters before second baseman Dustin Pedroia singled to right with two outs in the fourth. Pedroia tried to stretch it into a double, but Markakis gunned him down at second.
The Orioles then made it 4-0 on Hundley’s RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the fourth.
Baltimore almost added another run as J.J. Hardy scored when Hundley was ruled safe at second on a force play where Boston third baseman Xander Bogaerts flipped the ball to Pedroia. However, the Red Sox challenged the play and the ruling was overturned.