Orioles 2, Mariners 1

Adam Jones is still finding ways to haunt his former team.

Jones had three hits, including the go-ahead homer into the

upper deck in the eighth inning and a highlight-reel catch against

the wall in center field, leading the Baltimore Orioles to a 2-1

victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.

”I had a 1-0 pitch to drive and I just was under the ball and I

fouled it off. I felt that I was late on it,” Jones said. ”I just

told myself, ‘Get on top of the ball, stay on top of the ball,’ and

he missed down and in and I didn’t.”

Jones turned on a sinker from Jamey Wright (1-2) on the inside

corner of the plate and hit a rocket into the second level seating

in left field to give Baltimore the lead.

”I threw a sinker that didn’t sink, at all, just flattened

out,” Wright said. ”Inside, right into his barrel. I couldn’t

have put it on a tee any better for him.”

As impressive as the homer was, Jones’ catch in the fourth

inning was even better.

Miguel Olivo crushed a line drive to deep center off Orioles

starter Brian Matusz. Jones turned and ran at full speed toward the

wall and hauled in the shot with an over-the-shoulder grab as he

jumped into the padded wall.

”The ball was crushed,” Jones said. ”I just ran and ran and

just caught the ball. That’s something that’s really hard to replay

in my mind right now. I remember doing it but it’s hard to put it

into words.”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said it was one of the better

catches he’s seen all year.

”He put on an all-around show today,” Showalter said. ”And

he’ll go home ticked off about not throwing a guy out at the plate.

He’s having a special year.”

The catch was a big lift for Matusz, who was making his season

debut after spending the first two months on the disabled list.

”I thought off the bat that was gone,” Matusz said. ”(Jones)

made a great ply right there. It was awesome. It was a good

momentum thing because it put a smile on my face and it helped me

kind of relax a little bit and have fun.”

Matusz lasted 5 2-3 innings, allowing one run on four hits and

striking out three.

”As the game went on I was able to kind of feel myself, and get

a good feel, to get myself back on track,” Matusz said. ”Not

trying to think about mechanics at all, just feeling my groove and

slow it down a bit and not be so jumpy. That’s why the game went

better for me.”

Jim Johnson (4-1) allowed one hit while retiring four batters to

pick up the victory, and Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth inning to

earn his ninth save of the season.

Matusz retired 10 straight batters in the middle innings with

Pineda retiring 11 of 12 before running into some trouble in the


J.J. Hardy picked up a one-out broken bat single and Pineda

walked his only batter of the game, Mark Reynolds, putting a runner

in scoring position for the first time all game. Pineda buckled

down and struck out Robert Andino with a 96-mph fastball to end the


Hardy gave Baltimore an early lead when he hit a 1-2 slider from

Pineda into the Orioles bullpen over the left field wall. It was

his second home run off Pineda this season.

”In Baltimore, I threw a fastball up and he homers,” Pineda

said. ”Today I threw down and he adjusted for my slider and


Olivo led off the bottom of the second with a single to left and

advanced to second on a flyout from Franklin Gutierrez. Jack Wilson

came up with a two-out RBI single to center.

Olivo lowered a shoulder into catcher Matt Wieters, who was

blocking the plate with his left leg. Wieters whiffed and the ball

went to the backstop as Olivo bowled over Wieters. Olivo had to go

back to touch the plate as the run tied the game at 1-1.

Notes: Matusz was activated from the DL before the game. Utility

man Jake Fox was designated for assignment to make roster space.

… Nick Markakis started at 1B for the first time. He hadn’t

played the position since high school. … RF Ichiro Suzuki served

as the DH for the second time this season. Mariners manager Eric

Wedge said he wanted to get Suzuki off his feet for the day. … SS

Brendan Ryan had his career-high 11-game hitting streak end. He was

0 for 4.