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Wei-Yin Chen struggles as Orioles suffer 7-4 loss to Tampa Bay Rays

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen gave up six runs and 10 hits over 3 2/3 innings in the Orioles' 7-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Ed Smith Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Chen gave up two home runs, including a leadoff blast by Rays right fielder Wil Myers two pitches into the game that hit off the batter’s eye in center field. He also allowed a two-run homer to Sean Rodriguez that capped a three-run third inning in which eight Tampa Bay batters came to the plate.

Chen, who allowed three runs in nine spring innings heading into the afternoon, was chased from the game after the Rays rallied with two outs in the fourth. After retiring the first two batters in the inning, Chen allowed three straight hits, including back-to-back RBI doubles by former Orioles designated hitter Wilson Betemit and Cole Figueroa.

“I felt very good overall,” Chen said through interpreter Louis Chao. “Some of the pitches were up, so they squared them up. Other than that, I felt pretty good.”

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, who had just two hits in 16 at-bats before Wednesday's game, scored three of the Orioles' four runs and hit his first spring homer in the sixth inning off right-hander Steve Geltz.

After reaching on an error in the bottom of the first, Jones stole second and third base on the same pitch. He had a huge jump, stole second standing up and continued to third when no one was covering while the Rays shifted against first baseman Chris Davis. Jones then scored on Davis' RBI single.

Jones hit a one-out double in the third and later scored from third base when catcher Curt Casali overthrew left-hander Jake McGee following a pitch.

South Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon made his second Grapefruit League appearance and retired six of the seven batters his faced, allowing a homer to Jayson Nix on a 3-1 pitch.

Otherwise, Yoon handled the Rays well, getting ahead of all six batters he retired and ending his outing by striking out Betemit on an offspeed pitch.

Right-hander Tommy Hunter escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh, allowing back-to-back, two-out singles and issuing a walk to Nix before striking out Jerry Sands to end the threat.

Nolan Reimold had an RBI single in the ninth inning for the Orioles' final run.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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