Chen sharp as Orioles tie Twins split squad 2-2

By David Ginsburg/AP 1:02am, March 15, 2014
Wei-Yin Chen pitched four innings of three-hit ball, Henry Urrutia homered and the Baltimore Orioles tied a Minnesota Twins' split squad 2-2 Friday.

Brandon Waring hit a two-out homer in the ninth off Troy Patton to knot the score. Patton will serve a 25-game suspension at the start of the season after a positive test for a banned amphetamine.

Chen gave up one run, walked one and struck out three. He's got a 2.00 ERA in three outings this spring training.

Tommy Hunter, poised to take over for Jim Johnson as Baltimore's closer, worked a perfect fifth inning with a strikeout. The only two runs he's allowed in four innings came on solo home runs by Boston's Will Middlebrooks.

The Orioles used two singles and a walk to load the bases with no outs in the second against Mike Pelfrey but got only one run, on a sacrifice fly by Quintin Berry.

In the bottom half, Eduardo Escobar hit an RBI single. Urrutia homered in the fifth off Brian Duensing.


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