BRONX, NEW TORK, MAY 9- After playing and losing four straight games in New York City this week, the Baltimore Orioles felt sufficiently comfortable to defeat the Yankees, 6-2 on Saturday afternoon. The Orioles win ended both their four game losing streak, two to the Mets and two to the Yanks, and the two game winning streak of the Yankees.
The win for starter Wei-Yin Chen (1-1) was his first of the 2015 season.
Before the game began, Chen had the lowest ERA, 2.83, of any qualified major league pitcher who had not won a game this season. The victory, his 36th, is the second highest career total of any of the eight major league pitchers born in Taiwan. His toal is only topped by former Yankee Ching-Ming Wang with 62. His mark is 18-1 when he pitches at least seven innings, which he did on Saturday, and the Orioles are 22-3 when that happens. The only run he gave up came in the sixthwhen Chase Headley celebrated his 31st birthday with a single and scored after a doucle by Stephen Drew.
After the contest, Chen remarked through a translator, “My command was good. I was pitching to contact.”
Yankee starter Chase Whitley gave up his first home runs of the season, three, which accounted for the first four Baltimore runs. Jimmy Paeredes hit a solo home run on the first pitch with two out in the second. Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said of him, “He’sdoing what it takes to stay in the lineup.”
Three batters later, in the third, Chris Davis also homed with no one on base on the first pitch. Three batters afterwards, Alejandro De Aza took a 2-2 pitch into the stands in right with one man ion base. The score stood 4-0 in the fourth, a lead Baltimore never relinquished.
Outside the Stadium on River Avenue, before, during and after the game, both neighborhood residents and visiting fans were having an enjoyable time at the Stadium Street Fair sponsored by the 161st Street Business Improvement District (161 BID).
The final game of the four game series and Baltimore’s visit will take place on Sunday afternoon at 1 pm.
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