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Orioles host road-weary Phils

Jun 15, 2015 - 2:37 PM (SportsNetwork.com) - The Baltimore Orioles look to rebound on Monday night and move back above .500 as they open a home-and-home series with the struggling Philadelphia Phillies.

The Orioles will host the first two of this four-game set before the series wraps in Philadelphia.

Baltimore enjoyed a brief stay above the even mark at 31-30 thanks to a six- game win streak, but that run ended with Sunday's 5-3 loss to the New York Yankees. Still, the Orioles recent run of success has the club just three games back of first place in the AL East.

Baltimore finished with just six hits, including a two-run single from Nolan Reimold and an RBI double by Caleb Joseph, and starter Mike Wright was tagged for five runs in only four-plus innings of work.

"It was a hot day and I got a little worn down," Wright said. "They were fouling off good pitches all day. I was trying to make better pitches, and I wound up not being anywhere close."

The MLB-worst Phillies are 20 games under .500 at 22-42 and come in having lost six straight overall and 10 in a row on the road. They dropped all three games of a recent set with the Pittsburgh Pirates by a single run, including Sunday's 1-0 setback in 11 innings.

Starter Cole Hamels did his best to keep the Phillies in the game, scattering four hits and striking out 12 over seven scoreless innings, but Josh Harrison singled in the game-winning run off Jonathan Papelbon one batter after an error by Freddy Galvis kept the inning alive.

"I'm just doing what I can do," said Hamels. "As long as I'm going out there and being accountable, that's all I can do."

Philadelphia starter Aaron Harang will be glad to see a team other than Cincinnati as he faces Baltimore tonight looking to snap a four-start slide.

Though he lost his final two starts of May, Harang still ended the month with a 2.02 earned run average and a decent 4-5 record. However, his numbers have taken a hit thanks to back-to-back losses to the Reds, with his ERA jumping to 3.04.

The right-hander yielded five earned runs and walked five batters in a 6-4 home loss on June 4, then served up four homers and seven runs in six innings of work on Tuesday in an 11-2 defeat. He had allowed just four homers all season going in.

Harang, who has not won since May 14, is 1-2 in three career starts against the Orioles with a 6.00 ERA.

Wei-Yin Chen hopes to make it two victories in a row tonight in his 13th start of the campaign.

Chen snapped a three-decision losing streak that spanned five starts with a 5-2 win over Boston on Wednesday. The lefty yielded two runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings, striking out five. It marked the 11th time this season he allowed three or fewer earned runs, leaving him 2-4 on the year with a 3.21 ERA.

Tonight will make Chen's first career start against Philadelphia.

The Orioles have won seven of their last nine against the Phillies. The clubs are meeting for the first time since 2012.