Orioles 4, Padres 1

From the moment Orioles fans shouted out ”O!” during the
national anthem, it was clear it was going to be Baltimore’s night
at Petco Park.

Adam Jones tied his career-high with four hits, including a home
run against his hometown Padres, and Bud Norris wiggled out of some
jams to win his second straight start with the Orioles, 4-1 against
San Diego on Tuesday night.

”The coolest part of it was the `O!’ during the national
anthem,” said Jones, who went to San Diego’s Morse High. ”There
were a lot of guys down the third base line and they screamed right
in our ear. I think it shocked us a little bit and got us going a
little bit. That’s cool.”

Jones drove in two runs and scored twice. Several of his family
members and friends were at the game.

”It’s cool to hear the cheers and all that stuff, but we’re
here to play a baseball game,” he said. ”I have all offseason to
hang out with them. I’m just glad we got the win.”

Jones homered into the balcony on the second level of the
Western Metal Supply Co. brick warehouse in the left field corner
at Petco Park leading off the fourth off Edinson Volquez. It was
his 23rd.

Jones singled in the first to bring in Nate McClouth, aboard on
a leadoff double. He singled and scored on Chris Davis’ double in
the eighth.

Jones, who went to San Diego’s Morse High, hit a two-run homer
when the Orioles visited Petco Park in 2010.

Norris (8-9) struck out five and walked two.

The Padres had three straight singles to open the sixth,
including Yonder Alonso’s RBI base hit that pulled San Diego to
2-1. Norris then retired the side on a strikeout, a fly ball and a
popup, stranding runners at second and third.

San Diego’s Will Venable tripled leading off the first and was
stranded as Norris retired the side on two groundouts and a
strikeout.

In the second, the Padres had runners on first and third with no
outs before Norris struck out Logan Forsythe and got Nick Hundley
to hit into a double play.

”A big momentum boost for sure,” Norris said about getting out
of the early jams. ”A leadoff triple is never the way you want to
start a game, but in this ballpark you’ve got to put up a lot of
zeroes. There are not a lot of high scoring games here. Anyway you
can leave a man stranded is huge. I’ve got to execute my pitches
and get out of it and I got lucky tonight.”

Norris was obtained in a trade with Houston last Wednesday The
next day, he beat the Astros 6-3 at Camden Yards.

”He goes after people,” Jones said. ”This team, you can see
it in our eyes, we’re all competitors. We don’t like to give
anything away. He’s fitting right into the mold of the team. It’s
no-nonsense, get the job done and no excuses. He’s given us a big
lift.”

Manager Buck Showalter agreed.

”He’s on attack mode,” Showalter. ”His button’s on most of
the time.”

Said Padres manager Bud Black: ”He did what he does. He throws
the fastball in the low 90s and he throws the slider. He didn’t do
anything we didn’t expect. There were a couple of at-bats there
that weren’t very good.”

Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his 39th save, tops in the
majors.

Volquez (9-8) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings,
struck out six and walked two.

NOTES: Padres All-Star SS Everth Cabrera addressed the team
before the game, a day after he was suspended for 50 games by MLB
for his relationship to Biogenesis of America, a Florida anti-aging
clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Cabrera admitted Monday to taking a banned substance for four days
in the spring of 2012. He didn’t identify the substance. Chase
Headley said Cabrera was emotional in front of his teammates, as he
was in speaking before the media on Monday. ”He obviously feels
bad about it,” Headley said. ”That’s a tough thing to deal with,
so I think it’s a positive that he addressed the team and I guess
that’s the first step to moving on.” … To take Cabrera’s roster
spot, the Padres promoted INF Ronny Cedeno from Single-A Lake
Elsinore. Cedeno was signed to a minor league contract on Saturday
and played games for Lake Elsinore. … Logan Forsythe started at
SS for the Padres on Tuesday night. … The two-game series
concludes Wednesday when Orioles RHP Miguel Gonzalez (8-5, 3.88) is
scheduled to face San Diego LHP Eric Stults (8-10, 3.55).