Chris Davis hit one of Baltimore’s three home runs and Taiwan’s Chen Wei-yin won for the first time this season as the Orioles snapped a four-game slide on Saturday with a 6-2 victory over the New York Yankees.
Jimmy Paredes had three hits, including a solo homer, and Alejandro de Aza added a two-run drive off Chase Whitley to give the Orioles their first win of the week in New York.
Baltimore lost a pair of interleague games to the Mets at Citi Field, before dropping the first two in a four-game series at Yankee Stadium.
Delmon Young knocked in two runs to build up the cushion for Chen (1-1), who scattered five hits over seven innings. He struck out a season-high seven and walked one, yielding only John Ryan Murphy’s sacrifice fly.
The 29-year-old Taiwanese lefty was in control the whole way, throwing 76 strikes in 106 pitches.
Using a sneaky fastball above the hands of several hitters, he struck out the side in the third and whiffed his final three batters of the day.
A 16-game winner last year, Chen entered with a 2.83 ERA, the lowest among qualifying starters without a victory. It was his first win since Sept. 15 last year against Toronto.
Zach Britton got two outs for his sixth save — a brief replay review upheld an out call on a close play at first base that ended the game.
New York lost for just the sixth time in 22 games.
Hit hard by Baltimore last year as well, Whitley (1-1) was tagged for all three homers in 5-2/3 shaky innings. He gave up five runs, six hits and two walks.
A rotation replacement for the injured Masahiro Tanaka, the right-hander allowed only one run over 12 innings in his previous two major league starts this season.
Paredes homered in the third inning and Davis went deep in the fourth, both on the first pitch from Whitley. The right-hander then plunked Steve Pearce with a wayward breaking ball and one out later De Aza drove a 2-2 delivery into the stands for a 4-0 lead.
All three home runs cleared the short porch in right field.
Manny Machado hit a leadoff double in the fifth inning and scored on a single by Young, who added an RBI double in the seventh after Paredes tripled.
New York scored an unearned run in the eighth off Tommy Hunter on an RBI single by Carlos Beltran.
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