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Orioles win another close one

J.J. Hardy sees his ball reach the outfield for a sixth-inning single that proves to be the winner for the Orioles.

Associated Press

J.J. Hardy sees his ball reach the outfield for a sixth-inning single that proves to be the winner for the Orioles.

BALTIMORE — Wei-Yin Chen won his fifth consecutive start and had a season-high eight strikeouts to lead the Orioles to a 2-1 victory over the Mariners on Friday.

Baltimore has won nine of its past 11 games. Each of its past seven games have been decided by one run, tying a franchise record set from June 21-29, 1956. It is 5-2 in that span and 22-17 in one-run games this season.

Chen, whose 12 wins tie a career high, allowed one run and five hits with one walk over 71/3 innings.

"Regardless of the analysis of the game, it starts and most of it is with Wei-Yin," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He's really solid for us here lately in a time of need, obviously, standings-wise."

In his last start, July 24 against Seattle, Chen pitched eight scoreless innings. Over his past five starts overall, he is 5-0 with 2.53 ERA.

"He's tough," Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano said. "He threw everything for a strike. He's not a guy that is just going to give you anything."

Andrew Miller, acquired from Boston on Thursday, got the final two outs of the eighth for Baltimore.

The Orioles took a 1-0 lead on Manny Machado's single in the third. That ended the their scoreless streak at 19 innings, which included Thursday's 1-0, 13-inning loss to the Angels.

In the sixth, Machado led off with a double and Hardy drove him in with a two-out single for a 2-1 lead.

"It was one of those games where they beat you," Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. "We didn't lose."

Orioles 2

Mariners 1

Orioles win another close one 08/01/14 [Last modified: Saturday, August 2, 2014 12:36am]
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