Based on the way Wei-Yin Chen fared in two outings against the Oakland Athletics during his 2012 rookie season, the Baltimore Orioles would appear to have a good chance to continue their rare winning stretch in the East Bay.
Trying to improve to 3-0 against the struggling A's, Chen looks to help the Orioles to a third consecutive victory at Oakland on Friday night.
Chen (1-2, 3.38 ERA) allowed one earned run, nine hits and struck out 16 in 12 2-3 innings while winning both starts - at home - versus Oakland a year ago. It helped that his teammates scored 16 runs in those contests.
Baltimore (13-9) pounded out a season-high 15 hits and matched its most runs of 2013 in Thursday's 10-2 win over the A's. The Orioles have not won three straight in Oakland since Aug. 15-17, 2005, and prior to snapping a four-game skid there last season, dropped 16 of 18 at the Coliseum.
Chen, however, hopes to pitch better than Saturday when he gave up a run, three hits and overcame four walks in six innings of a 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"My stuff was terrible (Saturday), not really good," he told the Orioles' official website. "I was lucky to get a win."
The left-hander might not need to be at his best if the Orioles hit like they did in the opener. Adam Jones had three hits while Chris Davis homered for the eighth time and drove in two runs.
Leadoff hitter Nate McLouth reached base four times and is 8 for 18 (.444) with seven walks in the last six games.
"I'm swinging at good pitches, that's what I'm most happy about,' McLouth said. "I'm working the count and swinging at the pitches I want instead of having to swing at what a pitcher wants.'
Jones, who has hit safely in all but two games this season, is batting .359 with 17 RBIs. He's hit .357 in his last seven at Oakland.
Davis is batting .442 (19 for 43) with four homers and 10 RBIs during a 12-game hitting streak against the A's.
Oakland (13-10) swept a three-game home set from Houston April 15-17, then followed with a 1-5 road trip and blew an early 2-0 lead Thursday. Josh Donaldson had a two-run double for the A's, who have scored 30 runs in the last seven games, with 13 coming in their only win Tuesday at Boston.
Center fielder Coco Crisp is 4 for 23 (.174) in six games following a 12-game hitting streak in which he batted .392. He's 2 for 16 in his last four against the Orioles.
Oakland's Tommy Milone (3-1, 4.26) takes the mound looking to bounce back from his first loss of the season. The left-hander allowed six runs - four earned - and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings of an 8-1 loss at Tampa Bay on Sunday.
The A's totaled 28 runs in Milone's first three starts, but managed only three hits in the last one.
"That's the game. It happens. We're not going to score 10 runs every game, as much as we would like that as pitchers,' Milone said. "We've got to do our best to keep the team in the game. That's our job.'
He gave up two runs, including a solo homer to Davis, in 6 1-3 innings in his only previous start versus Baltimore, a 3-2 home win Sept. 14.
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