The Orioles picked up just where they left off. After a four-day All-Star break, the Orioles used excellent pitching from Wei-Yin Chen to lead them past the Texas Rangers 3-1 on Friday night at the Ballpark in Arlington.
Chen in his second start since returning from nearly a two-month absence with a strained left oblique, allowed a run on eight hits in seven innings to get the win.
Matt Wieters gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead with his 13th home run off Derek Holland (8-5) in the top of the second.
In the third, the Orioles (54-43) scored again when Brian Roberts walked and Nate McLouth doubled to drive in Roberts.
Texas (54-42) scored its run in the fourth. Jeff Baker singled. Mitch Moreland walked, and Baker stole third when Manny Machado didn’t pay attention to the base runner after the walk. Craig Gentry’s sacrifice fly scored Baker.
The inning could have been much worse, but Nick Markakis jumped high enough to rob Adrian Beltre of a home run. The ball was heading over the wall, but Markakis snared it.
Machado made up for his mental error in the top of the fifth. He singled when first baseman Mitch Moreland was unable to hold a throw, and Markakis hit a fly that fell past left fielder Jurickson Profar and center fielder Craig Gentry for a double. Machado easily scored, and the Orioles led 3-1.
In the sixth, Baker singled and Gentry doubled. Baker was caught off third base, and J.J. Hardy threw to Machado to nab Baker.
In the eighth, Chris Davis reached into the stands to snare Beltre’s foul ball.
Chen (5-3) was relieved by Darren O’Day after Ian Kinsler doubled with one out in the seventh.
O’Day pitched out of trouble in the seventh and retired all three batters in the eighth.
Jim Johnson worked a scoreless ninth for his 34th save.
For the third time this season, the Orioles are a season-high 11 games over .500.
NOTES: Henry Urrutia is set to make his major league debut on Saturday as the Orioles’ designated hitter.
The win was Buck Showalter’s 250th as Orioles manager. He’s the fourth major league manager to win that many with four different teams.
Miguel Gonzalez (7-3, 3.48) faces Ross Wolf (1-2, 2.14) on Saturday night at 8:05 p.m.