Before reporters had a chance to ask Wei-Yin Chen a question Friday night following his tremendous performance in a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners, the Orioles left-hander said he needed to make a statement.

Chen wanted to dedicate his eight-strikeout victory to those who were killed and injured in underground gas explosions and fires in his hometown of Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, overnight Thursday. According to various news reports, at least 25 people were reported dead and more than 250 injured.

“Unfortunately, back in my hometown there was a horrible accident,” Chen said through interpreter Louis Chang. “So today, this win I would like to give out to my home people. And I would like to send out my best wishes to them and hope everybody is all right there.”

Chen said he called home Friday morning and his relatives were fine.

“The explosion was a little far away from my family,” he said.

Once he took the Camden Yards mound Friday night, Chen seemed focused solely on pounding catcher Caleb Joseph’s glove with strike after strike, particularly with his fastball and slider. He allowed just one run on a walk and five hits while setting his season high for strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. He threw 75 of his 104 pitches for strikes.

“Every pitch, he throws for a strike,” said Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano. “That’s a guy who you can’t say, 'I'm going to take one strike,' or 'I’m going to make him pitch.' Because everything he throws is a strike.”

Chen (12-3) has now mystified the Mariners twice in the last eight days after pitching eight shutout innings against them on July 24 in Seattle.