It had been nearly two months since Wei-Yin Chen pitched for the Orioles, and they badly missed him. When Chen strained his left oblique muscle on May 12, he was arguably the team’s best pitcher.

While Chris Tillman may have been the Orioles’ most consistent winner in the Chenless two months, the left-hander presented a solid argument that he’s the best that the team has.

Chen pitched seven solid innings, allowing just a run on three hits as the Orioles broke out of their offensive slump with a 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers before 19,344 on Wednesday night.

In Chen’s last start, he threw five shutout innings in Minnesota, but had to leave with the injury. Chen (4-3) didn’t allow a hit until the fourth, and a run in the sixth, but finished up with a 1-2-3 seventh. He walked three and struck out four, throwing 100 pitches.

“Missed him. Glad to have him back,” manager Buck Showalter said. “It’s been a tough, tough road for him.”

Chen’s road featured several weeks of rehabilitation in Sarasota, Fla. and two starts for Bowie. With about 20 Taiwanese media members on hand, Chen admitted anxiety.

“In the first inning, I was a little bit pumped up, overwhelming, and I couldn’t control my ball like really well, but I’m a human being, and I’m always emotional. After the first inning, everything was set up,” Chen said through his translator.

“I’m happy today. I did a good job today. I proved myself. I can come back. I can come back healthy, and I can pitch in the major leagues.”

Chen joins Tillman, Scott Feldman, Miguel Gonzalez and Jason Hammel to make a perhaps formidable starting staff.

“I like our chances a lot better with him here,” Showalter said.

He left with a 6-1 lead after the Orioles (50-42) roughed up spot starter Josh Lindblom. Manager Ron Washington left Lindblom out until he had reached 120 pitches to save his bullpen.

Matt Wieters could quickly tell Chen was back.