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BALTIMORE-Mark Reynolds homered twice and drove in four runs while starter Wei-Yin Chen gave up one run in six-plus innings as the Orioles defeated Boston, 7-1, in the opener of a three-game series Tuesday night.

Reynolds snapped a 1-1 tie with his first homer, a solo shot in the fifth. He then broke the game open with a three-run shot in the sixth that gave the Orioles their six-run lead.

Chen (11-7) bounced back after giving up seven runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Royals in his last start.

This time, he gave up just one run despite allowing nine hits and running into trouble several times in six innings plus one batter. The Red Sox finished with 11 hits but stranded 12.

Chen escaped Boston (57-60) threats in two of the first three innings. Baltimore wasted a scoring chance in the second against Red Sox starter Josh Beckett (5-10), getting runners at first and third with one out before the right-hander retired the next two batters on pop-ups.

But the Orioles (63-53) took a 1-0 lead when Omar Quintanilla crushed the first pitch from Josh Beckett (5-10) in the bottom of the third for a solo homer to right.

The Red Sox quickly tied it in the fourth. Cody Ross led off with a double to left, moved to third on a Ryan Lavarnway groundout and scored on Carl Crawford's single.

Boston threatened again in the fifth when Dustin Pedroia lined a two-out triple into the right-field corner. But Chen escaped once more when Adrian Gonzalez grounded out.

The Orioles took advantage of that when Reynolds homered to start the bottom of the fifth. He lined a 1-0 fastball over the right-field fence to give Baltimore a 2-1 lead.

Baltimore stretched the lead in the sixth. J.J. Hardy singled and Adam Jones drew a one-out walk. Both moved up on a wild pitch while Matt Wieters was batting, and the Orioles catcher then drove in Hardy with a high-bouncing infield single.

Chris Davis then ended Beckett's night with an RBI single to center for a 4-1 Baltimore lead.

But Reynolds then greeted Mark Melancon with his three-run homer on the first pitch to break the game open. That's the first multi-homer game for Reynolds this season.

NOTES: The Orioles made several player moves before the game. They selected the contract of left-hander J.C. Romero and right-hander Steve Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk. Left-hander Troy Patton was placed on the 15-day disabled list (right ankle sprain), and right-hander Miguel Socolovich was designated for assignment on the 40-man roster to open a spot for Romero...Patton apparently injured his ankle at the parking garage where he lives on Sunday after pitching that day against Kansas City...Boston right-hander Andrew Bailey was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list before the game. He had missed the entire season after needing thumb surgery in early April. The Red Sox acquired him from Oakland in the off-season and penciled him in to be the closer. Manager Bobby Valentine said he won't come back as the closer right away, but he'll pitch late in games...Boston traded back-up catcher Kelly Shoppach to the Mets for a player to be named later earlier in the day....Jacoby Ellsbury's first-inning single stretched his hitting streak against the Orioles to 37 straight games.

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