SAN DIEGO (AP) — 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.
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“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).