He got a strikeout to start the seventh – his fifth of the afternoon. He then walked Michael Saunders and picked him off trying to steal. Chen issued another walk, to eighth hitter, Brendan Ryan, before giving up a two-run, two-out homer to ninth hitter Henry Blanco on his 106th pitch of the game. It came on an 0-2 fastball that Chen said was in the right spot, so maybe he should have chosen another pitch.
Chen rallied to finish the seventh with a ground out. But the game was lost on that one pitch.
Those things happen. But, honestly, those things happen more often to Chen in the late innings.