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Orioles' Chen comes off DL, stops Rangers

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BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter did not place any limitations on Wei-Yin Chen in the left-hander's first start after returning from the disabled list.

Chen was given the leeway to go deep into the game and provide a spark to the Orioles' beleaguered rotation, which has struggled with high pitch counts in the early innings this season.

With Chen earning the win and Manny Machado compiling his league-leading 36th multi-hit game, Baltimore beat the Texas Rangers 6-1 Wednesday night.

"We missed him and we're glad to have him back," Showalter said of Chen. "He got deep in the game for us and gave us a little blow in the bullpen. He was good."

Chen (4-3) allowed one run on three hits over seven innings. He struck out four and walked three while lowering his ERA to 2.82.

Machado went 3-for-5 with an RBI triple. Nolan Reimold hit a three-run home run for the Orioles, who will look to salvage a series split Thursday after dropping the opening two games.

Texas starter Josh Lindblom (1-3) gave up six runs on nine hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out one.

"Any time you can limit the free passes, and guys just kind of get their way on base without having to work for it, that ends up killing you," Lindblom said.

Chen held the Rangers scoreless until Adrian Beltre's RBI groundout in the sixth inning cut the Orioles' lead to 6-1. However, Baltimore remained in control, and right-hander Tommy Hunter pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game.

"I'm happy I did a good job today," Chen said through an interpreter. "Luckily, I proved that I could come back healthy."

Chen, who went on the disabled list May 12 with a strained right oblique, retired 12 of the first 13 batters he faced and did not allow a hit until Adrian Beltre singled with two outs in the fourth. Baltimore improved to 11-0

"As (Chen) got deeper in the game, you could see that he was laboring a little bit, but the guy's got a pretty good fastball," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He can move it around. He's got some depth on the breaking ball, changeup. And he threw the ball well tonight. You've got to give him credit. He may not have pitched for a while, but he certainly didn't look like it out there tonight."

Baltimore jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third. Machado hit an RBI triple and later scored on a wild pitch by Lindblom, who struggled with his command.

The Orioles then took control with a four-run fourth inning. Brian Roberts had a long RBI single that caromed off center fielder Engel Beltre's glove and missed being a home run by just a few inches. Reimold followed with a homer that cleared several rows in left field.

"I'm just glad he didn't catch it, so I'll take that," Roberts said. "I kind of thought it was exactly the way it was. I could see it hit his glove and it kind of rolled along the top of the wall."

Baltimore struggled with runners in scoring position, stranding 10 men on base. Reimold helped cure some of those woes.

"It felt good that I was able to come through one time," Reimold said. "It's something to build on."

NOTES: Texas RHP Yu Darvish was scratched from his scheduled Thursday start and was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 7, because of a mild strain in his upper right back. He will be eligible to be activated for a July 22 start against the New York Yankees. Ranger RHP Ross Wolf will start the series finale in Baltimore against RHP Miguel Gonzalez. ... Rangers RHP Alexi Ogando, who is recovering from right shoulder inflammation, will make his second scheduled rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Round Rock in Omaha. ... Orioles DH Chris Dickerson was removed from the lineup after leaving batting practice with a strained left shoulder. He was replaced by Reimold ... Baltimore CF Adam Jones took just his second walk since May 18 in the third inning. He finished 2-for-4.
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