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Chen and Orioles lose to Twins 6-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 3, 2014 at 5:55 pm •  Published: May 3, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Wei-Yin Chen was unhappy with his outing, losing for the first time in a month.

Joe Mauer and Brian Dozier homered, Kevin Correia earned his first win of the season, and the Minnesota Twins beat Baltimore 6-1 Saturday to end the Orioles' three-game winning streak.

"I tried to make a good pitch to get hitters out and I couldn't do it like in my previous outing," Chen said through an interpreter. "So I was kind of having trouble, that's what happens out there."

Chen (3-2) allowed three runs — two earned — and six hits in five innings-plus. He was removed after his 108th pitch, when he walked Jason Kubel starting the sixth.

Chen had been 3-0 with a 3.86 ERA since losing his opening start to Boston on April 4. But he has allowed 45 hits in 34 innings this season, and opposing batters are hitting .317 against him.

"Take my last start, for example," he said, recalling a no-decision against Kansas City. "My slider was working well in that game, so the hitters had something more to think about. My slider wasn't that good today, so the hitter has one less pitch to worry about, which it makes it easier to handle my other pitches."

Mauer had three hits and four RBIs, hitting a three-run homer off Brad Brach that broke open the game.

Dozier's eighth homer, a solo shot in the third, gave the Twins the lead for good.

Correia (1-3) gave up one run and five hits in seven innings, retiring 13 of his final 14 batters. He had been 0-6 in nine starts since winning at Texas on Sept. 1.

"Now with scouting reports and as much TV as we get to watch, we kind of know what all pitchers are doing or going to be trying to do, and he just executed really well today," said J.J. Hardy, who had two hits and Baltimore's lone RBI.

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