MLB: Chen unable to find form as Red Sox rout Orioles


Thu, Aug 29, 2013 - Page 20


The Baltimore Orioles felt fortunate to fall only one game further behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East standings.

The Orioles managed just four hits and struck out eight times in a 13-2 rout against the first-placed Red Sox on Tuesday night. Baltimore dropped 6.5 games behind Boston in the division race.

“You’ve got a team playing well over there. That’s why they are where they are,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “If you make some mistakes, especially in this park, you’re going to pay for it. Thank goodness it was one night and that’s what’s great about the game. We get to wipe the slate clean tomorrow.”

Shane Victorino homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs to lead the Red Sox. Felix Doubront pitched 6-2/3 innings of four-hit ball.

Victorino also had a two-run double in the seventh, while Dustin Pedroia had three hits for Boston.

J.J. Hardy and Danny Valencia each had two of Baltimore’s four hits. Taiwan’s Chen Wei-yin (7-7) lasted just 3-2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits and three walks. He struck out five and hit a batter.

“He just had a little bit of trouble throwing the off-speed stuff for strikes,” catcher Matt Wieters said. “It’s a good lineup over there. If the only pitch you can really command is your fastball, they’re going to be able to just jump on it a little bit.”

Doubront (10-6) had only one bad inning, allowing the first four batters in Baltimore’s two-run third to reach. However, he retired 14 of the next 16 before leaving to a standing ovation from the Fenway Park crowd of 36,226.

“We had one opportunity against him and cashed in two, but there was potential for more,” Showalter said. “He pitched well and we did not pitch well.”

Doubront gave up two runs on four hits, a walk and a hit batsman. He struck out seven and has allowed three or fewer runs in 21 of 24 starts.

Victorino started the scoring in the first when he walked, took third on Pedroia’s double and scored on David Ortiz’s sacrifice fly. After Doubront allowed his only runs in the third to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead, Boston came back in the bottom half with two when Will Middlebrooks singled and scored on Victorino’s two-run shot — the 100th homer of his career.

Mike Napoli led off the fourth with a homer to spark a five-run inning and chase Chen. Boston added three more in the fifth on Victorino’s second homer.

The Red Sox started a nine-game homestand after playing 16 of the previous 19 on the road. They were 4-2 on their most recent trip, to California to play the Giants and Dodgers. In all, the Red Sox play 18 of their final 30 games at home.