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
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
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
”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
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
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.