Troublesome sixth sinks Chen, Birds

SAN FRANCISCO - Wei-Yin Chen made it look easy for five innings. Then came the sixth.
Unfortunately for the Baltimore Orioles' left-hander, he allowed three runs to the San Francisco Giants in that sixth inning. The Orioles' offense did little in a 3-2 loss before 41,315 at AT&T Park on Saturday.
Chen (6-5) gave up just one hit in the first five innings, and retired 13 straight until Andres Torres' leadoff single in the sixth. Marco Scutaro's RBI single and a two-run double by Hunter Pence gave the Giants (52-64) a 3-1 lead.
"I felt like today was not my day. They were really aggressive the first five innings and they watched me pitch for five innings already and were really patient in the sixth inning. They just kept waiting and waiting for my fastball and trying to hit my fastball," Chen said through his translator.
In six innings, Chen gave up three runs on five hits.
Baltimore (64-52) scored a run off Chad Gaudin in the third. Nate McLouth led off with a walk. With one out, Chris Davis bounced to first baseman Brandon Belt whose wild throw sent McLouth to third and Davis to second. Adam Jones' sacrifice fly scored McLouth.
The Orioles loaded the bases in the second, but Chen, who is hardly an accomplished hitter, grounded out to Gaudin to end the inning. In the sixth, Jones and Markakis began the inning with singles against Guillermo Moscoso (1-0), but they could not be moved.
In the eighth, Davis led off with his 42nd home run of the year, an estimated 466 feet that ESPN said was the longest of his career. But, Santiago Casilla got out of the inning after Markakis and J.J. Hardy singled with one out.
"We had some opportunities we didn't cash in on," manager Buck Showalter said. "Wei-Yin was solid. Got some good innings out of the bullpen just couldn't push that last run across."
The Orioles were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base.
Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his 28th save.
Backup catcher Taylor Teagarden struck out with runners on base in the second and the sixth.
"When you're not coming up with those big hits early in the game, guys on, two outs, it makes you work even harder down the stretch of the game. This team is obviously capable of scoring more than two runs a game. It makes things a little harder on your pitching staff because they've got to keep it close so you have a shot. You've got to bear down and get those runs in earlier," Teagarden said.
HAMMEL SAYS HE'S BETTER: Jason Hammel, who received a cortisone shot on his right forearm Friday, says that his return to the Orioles shouldn't be delayed very long.
Hammel was eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, but won't.
"As much time as I've already missed, what's another couple of days, put some medicine in there and kind of accelerate the healing process. No matter what, it's not like I was going to be ready in five days," Hammel said.
"I am by no means done for the season. Obviously I'm going to miss a little more times than I expected, but it's not really worth another full season.
Hammel, who's been on the disabled list since July 29, missed nearly half last season after surgery on his right knee.
"Right now, it's just waiting and seeing how it feels. Even after the injection yesterday it does feel a little bit better, but I won't know for sure until a baseball again," Hammel said.HARDY'S MILESTONE: On Friday night, Hardy became the third shortstop in team history to hit 20 or more home runs for three consecutive seasons. Cal Ripken and Miguel Tejada are the others.
"I've always said that if I can stay consistent, I'd be a lot better. It's nice to be able to do it three years in a row. Consistency is big in this game," Hardy said.
ODDS AND ENDS: The time for the Sept. 14 game in Toronto has been changed to 1:07 p.m. ... Markakis batted fifth for the first time since Sept. 4, 2007.

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