Wei-Yin Chen said he is not wearing down as a long season comes closer to its end. He said that had nothing to do with his poor outing tonight where he allowed seven runs over 4 2/3 innings, as the Yankees beat the Orioles 8-5 at Camden Yards.
"I'm not tired at all. The last couple of starts I've felt really strong. Physically and mentally I feel strong, too. Those three home runs was my problem. That's it," he said through his interpreter.
"Physically I feel pretty strong for the first couple of innings. Actually I felt really good today, but I wasn't able to attack the strike zone in the late innings and this is the Yankees and I made a couple of mistakes and they made me pay the price."
He was asked to describe what happened on the three-run homer that Russell Martin hit in the fourth to snap the 0-0 tie.
"I missed the location," he said.
The seven runs allowed by Chen matches a season high. He also gave up seven in 4 2/3 frames vs. Kansas City on Aug. 9.
Even when the Orioles were down 7-0, Robert Andino, who homered in the seventh, felt a comeback was possible.
"We kept battling. You can't win them all. The Yankees have a good team. We'll come out there again tomorrow," he said after hitting his seventh homer.
Nate McLouth had three hits in four at-bats, including a pair of doubles. He also felt that once the Orioles pulled within three runs, they'd get closer but that didn't happen tonight.
"They did some damage early and we were down 7-0," McLouth said. "We tried to just keep having good at-bats and work our way back into it and we did that to some extent, but didn't get over the hump."
McLouth felt he had a good chance to catch the two-run homer off the bat of the Yankees' Steve Pearce in the fourth inning. He leaped over the left-field wall and felt he would catch the ball.
"I had it. It's unfortunate," McLouth said. "I won't say it's a fairly easy catch, but I was standing there kind of waiting for it. I haven't seen the replay, but something hit my glove. It was someone's hand or arm. As my glove was converging on the ball, something or someone hit it."
The Orioles missed a chance to move ahead of New York and have first place all to themselves tonight, but instead will go into Game 3 of the series once again one game back. McLouth said they won't let this loss linger.
"We'll forget about this by the time we leave here and be ready to go tomorrow," he said.