Orioles 4, Royals 3(15)

Adam Jones turned his night around with a swing of the bat.

Jones homered with one out in the 15th inning, lifting the

Baltimore Orioles to a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on

Wednesday night.

Jones was hitless in six at-bats before connecting for his

team-leading 12th home run – nine of them tying the game or giving

the Orioles a lead. Jones sent a 2-2 pitch from Nate Adcock (0-1),

the fifth Kansas City pitcher, far over the left field wall.

Jones came to the plate in the third, eighth and 12th innings

with runners in scoring position.

”I had three opportunities earlier with men in scoring position

that I did not succeed in, which is by far the most frustrating

thing for me,” Jones said. ”I was 0 for 3. I did not give one of

my seven at-bats away. I can live with myself when I do that.”

Adcock hung a slider and Jones delivered.

”I had some pitches to hit, just missed them, part of it, 0 for

6,” Jones said. ”Some people were behind me, yelling at me, `Hey,

come on Jones.’ I showed them. After I hit that, they shut up the

heck up.”

Jones is hitting .290 with 24 RBIs and could earn a return trip

to Kansas City on July 10 to for the All-Star game at Kauffman

Stadium.

”I know Jonesy was a little frustrated there with some previous

at-bats, but he got back under control and hit a mistake,” Orioles

manager Buck Showalter said. ”Jonesy is having a great year.

Jonesy doesn’t ever give in. You always feel like if he struggles

at some point someone is going to pay down the line. He doesn’t

forget. It’s nothing personal. It’s competition. It’s just the way

he’s wound. He’s a very competitive young man.”

The Orioles improved to 5-0 in extra-inning road games.

”It’s pretty crazy what this team does,” said Orioles starting

pitcher Tommy Hunter. ”It’s 13 innings, 15 innings, 17

innings.”

The Orioles beat the Red Sox 9-6 in 17 innings on May 6.

Kevin Gregg (1-1) pitched two hitless innings, walking one, to

pick up the victory. Jim Johnson earned his 13th save.

Royals right-hander Felipe Paulino, who was making only his

third start after beginning the season on the disabled list with a

right forearm strain, held the Orioles to five hits in seven

scoreless innings. He struck out nine and walked two.

”Great pitching from Paulino and great pitching from Adcock,”

Royals manager Ned Yost said. ”They gave us an opportunity to put

it away. We just couldn’t do it.”

The Royals bullpen had a 1.04 ERA in the past seven games but

relievers Jonathan Broxton and Kelvin Herrera gave up three runs on

six hits in the eighth and ninth innings.

Broxton was trusted with a 3-1 lead in the ninth, but blew his

second seven in 10 opportunities and his first since April 11 at

Oakland. Broxton gave up a solo homer to Wilson Betemit with one

out and three singles to produce the tying run. J.J. Hardy’s

two-out hit scored pinch-runner Ryan Flaherty to make it 3-all.

Humberto Quintero’s two-out single in the fifth scored Jeff

Francoeur, who led off the inning with a double, and Alcides

Escobar, who was hit by a pitch. It was Quintero’s first multi-RBI

game with the Royals.

The Orioles cut the lead to 2-1 in the eighth, when Hardy and

Nick Markakis led off the inning with doubles against rookie

reliever Herrera.

Alex Gordon’s two-out double in the eighth scored Mitch Maier to

give the Royals a 3-1 advantage. Maier ran for Billy Butler, who

had singled for his second hit.

Orioles starter Tommy Hunter yielded two runs on seven hits in

seven innings. He threw only 82 pitches and was backed by double

plays in three of the first four innings.

Royals second baseman Chris Getz left with a bruised left rib

after a collision with Chris Davis on an infield single in the

fifth inning. Irving Falu replaced Getz in the seventh inning and

singled. Falu has a hit in each of his five big league games.

NOTES: Royals LHP Danny Duffy, who has been diagnosed with a

torn ulnar collateral ligament, will see Dr. Lewis Yocum on Friday

in Tempe, Ariz., for a second opinion. … The Royals have not

announced who will start Friday and Sunday against Arizona. ”If

everything holds to form,” Yost said he would probably start RHP

Luis Mendoza Friday and RHP Vin Mazzaro Sunday. Mazzaro made his

first start Tuesday at Texas and picked up the victory, allowing

three runs in five innings. LHP Brian Matusz, who is 1-2 with a

5.29 ERA in three road appearances, will start Thursday for the

Orioles. The Royals will counter with RHP Luke Hochevar, who is 0-2

with an 11.91 ERA in three home starts. … The Orioles are 11-1

when Jones’ homers. … Royals 1B Eric Hosmer went 0 for 7 to drop

his average to .174.