SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Wil Myers, Sean Rodriguez and Jayson Nix homered, and the Tampa Bay Rays scored six runs on 10 hits against Wei-Yin Chin in a 7-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday.
Myers opened the game with a drive to center and Rodriguez hit a two-run shot in the third. Both home runs came against Chen, who lasted only 3 2-3 innings.
Nix connected off South Korean right-hander Suk-Min Yoon, who gave up two hits and a run over two innings in his second appearance with Baltimore. After the game, he was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.
Yoon signed a three-year contract with the Orioles after spending nine seasons with the KIA Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization.
"We think he's got a chance to be with us at some point," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "He needs to go down there and pitch innings."
Chen gave up three runs and nine hits over nine innings in his first three starts before struggling against the Rays, who finished with 14 hits after getting 20 on Tuesday night against Minnesota.
Adam Jones homered and scored three runs for the Orioles. Chris Davis hit an RBI single and is batting .480 this spring.
In addition to Yoon, Baltimore optioned catcher Johnny Monell to Norfolk and re-assigned outfielder Xavier Paul to the minor league camp.
Rays: Mark Lowe allowed two runs over 2 1-3 innings but both were unearned, leaving him with a 1.08 ERA.
It was the right-hander's first start this spring following five relief appearances. He got the start because the Rays didn't want the Orioles to see Chris Archer, who threw against Baltimore's minor leaguers at Port Charlotte.
Lowe, 30, was released by the Los Angeles Angels on June 6. He signed with the Nationals, who sent him to Triple-A Syracuse.
His best season was in 2009 with Seattle, when he had 26 saves in 75 appearances.
Orioles: Despite the ugly pitching line, Chen wasn't too discouraged about his performance.
"I got more swings and misses with my fastball," he said. "I am happy about that. And I'm also happy about not issuing any walks. So overall it was pretty good."
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