For the third straight night, there was a team that left Camden Yards without scoring a run, and for the second time in this series the Baltimore Orioles used a masterful performance from a starting pitcher to blank the Boston Red Sox 6-0 and secure the series win. Wei-Yin Chen was masterful on the mound, while Chris Davis reached double digits in home runs with his 10th of the season.
Chen (7-2) was the story on the night as he was absolutely mowing down Red Sox hitters, and if not for a rain delay, he may have very well flirted with the second complete game shutout for the Orioles this season (Tillman). Command was the key for Chen as he was able to locate all three of his pitches and needed just 87 pitches to get through his seven innings work. Chen faced one batter over the minimum through seven innings and allowed just four hits, did not walk a single batter and struck out seven.
He was so good that several of our followers on social media were severely rooting for the rain to stay away so Chen could continue to pitch. Chen now has a personal four game winning streak.
Darren O'Day and Zach Britton each tossed a scoreless inning in relief after the rain delay to secure the win.
Baltimore wasted no time getting on the scoreboard after getting shutout on Tuesday Night as Adam Jones delivered a one out RBI double in the first to score Steve Pearce all the way from first to give the O's a 1-0 lead. The scoring didn't stop there though as Chris Davis smoked a two out home run to right centerfield to give the Birds a three run first inning.
Three innings later, Baltimore added another run when catcher Nick Hundley delivered a two out RBI single to score JJ Hardy to give the Orioles a 4-0 lead. It was Hundley's second hit of the game, which was his first multi-hit game as an Oriole.
Neither team put a run on the board over the next three innings before the rain delay, but Baltimore added to their lead in the bottom of the eighth thanks to bases loaded walks to Jonathan Schoop and Nick Markakis.
Hundley (2-4, RBI) and Davis (2-4, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R) had the only multi-hit games for the Birds and on a down note, Manny Machado has not recorded a hit in his last 18 at bats.
Since allowing 11 runs on Sunday, Baltimore pitching has allowed just one run in their last 27 innings. Per Orioles PR, the O's also held Boston without an extra base hit in the final two games of the series, which was the first time the Orioles had held the Red Sox without an extra base hit for two straight games since June 27 – September 20, 1984. Also per Orioles PR, the starting rotation has been dealing as of late as Orioles' starters have allowed two or fewer earned runs in 10 of their last 13 starts, and own a combined 1.39 ERA (64 2/3IP, 10 ER) in those ten games.
Baltimore will now begin an important four game series tonight with the AL East leading Toronto Blue Jays who own a 4 1/2 game lead on the second place Orioles. The O's will send Kevin Gausman (1-1) to the mound after tossing a gem last weekend against Oakland, and he will face Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle (10-2) with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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