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Jones' two-run blast in 10th lifts visiting Orioles over Rangers wire reports

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Adam Jones rewarded Baltimore's weary bullpen for its solid work. Jones hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the 10th inning and the Orioles held on to hand the Texas Rangers their fifth consecutive loss, 7-5 on Tuesday night.

With the score tied at 3, Brian Roberts singled with one out in the 10th off Eddie Guardado (0-1). Jones, who had three RBI, followed with his first home run of the season into the Baltimore bullpen in left-center.

Jones was looking for a fastball, but thought Guardado might throw him a split-finger pitch. Jones was delighted when Guardado went with the fastball.

"He has a good split and I was just trying to get something to hit," Jones said.

Luke Scott added a two-run double in the four-run 10th as the Orioles batted around to make it 7-3.

Jim Johnson (1-0) threw two innings of one-hit relief, joining four other Baltimore relievers in allowing just two runs over the final 8 2/3 innings.

"We asked an awful lot of those guys in the bullpen tonight," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "Guys coming back on short rest, guys having to throw more pitches, more innings than they've thrown. I dare say we got the most out of everybody out there. Like I've been saying, in the early part of the season, what it comes down to is you got to make pitches and you got to make plays. We made pitches and we made plays when it counted."

Guardado, whose ERA is 15.00 in four appearances, allowed four runs and four hits while getting just two outs.

"Terrible," Guardado said. "Obviously I've got to do a better job. The way things are going right now, I've got to bear down and do my job and I didn't do it at all. I got some pitches up and I paid for it."

Texas rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 10th against George Sherrill on Ian Kinsler's run-scoring single and Josh Hamilton's RBI groundout to make it 7-5.

But Sherrill got Nelson Cruz to fly out with runners on first and third to end it.

"I hit it a little in front," Cruz said. "It's frustrating. We've got to find a way to win."

Aubrey Huff and Scott had solo home runs for Baltimore, which has won four of five.

Michael Young, Cruz and Chris Davis hit solo home runs for the Rangers. Texas has gone deep at least once in each of its first eight games for the first time in club history.

Rangers starter Brandon McCarthy allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, giving the pitching staff a lift after the Rangers had given up 35 runs in their previous four games.

C.J. Wilson came on in relief of McCarthy in his first appearance since giving up six runs in the eighth inning Sunday while the Detroit Tigers were rallying for a 6-4 victory. Wilson was a lot sharper, shutting out the Orioles in 1 2/3 innings. Closer Frank Francisco added 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for Texas.

Orioles rookie starter Alfredo Simon left the game in the second inning with a right elbow problem after giving up homers to Young, Cruz and Davis.

Simon, making his third career start and second this season, went to a 1-1 count on Jarrod Saltalamacchia with one out in the second before Trembley and a team trainer hustled to the mound to check on the right-hander.

Simon, who gave up five home runs over 6 1/3 innings in his first two outings this season, was replaced by right-hander Dennis Sarfate, who pitched 3 1/3 innings of one-hit relief.


  • Simon is set to fly to Baltimore on Wednesday to have his elbow evaluated.
  • Rangers manager Ron Washington said he'll stay with a five-man rotation despite a day off Thursday, meaning No. 5 starter Matt Harrison will make his second start of the season Friday night at home against Kansas City.
  • Baltimore 3B Melvin Mora missed his second successive game with a strained hamstring and is expected to be placed on the 15-day DL. The hamstring has been an issue since spring training and was aggravated while running out a groundball Sunday.
  • The Rangers are scheduled for an afternoon home game against the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 20 and the Dallas Cowboys will open their new stadium against the New York Giants that night, creating the potential for massive traffic problems because the teams share parking facilities. Rangers vice president John Blake said the Rangers would probably reschedule their game, most likely as part of a day-night doubleheader on Sept. 19.
  • Sarfate and Huff collided near the Rangers dugout while Huff was making a running catch of a popup for the final out of the third inning. Sarfate was down for a few seconds but was OK.
  • It was the first extra-inning game for both teams this season.
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Adam Jones receives props following his two-run, tiebreaking homer in the top of the 10th inning.  (AP)
Adam Jones receives props following his two-run, tiebreaking homer in the top of the 10th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

M. Young
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1

A. Jones
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5230010 .441
Adam Jones, CF4123121 .375
Nick Markakis, RF5110012 .344
Aubrey Huff, 1B4111101 .333
Ty Wigginton, 3B3100221 .250
Luke Scott, DH4123100 .240
Gregg Zaun, C4000112 .136
Felix Pie, LF1000100 .263
   a- Ryan Freel, PH-LF3000022 .000
Cesar Izturis, SS4000000 .192
a-struck out for Pie in the 7th
2B - Brian Roberts (4, McCarthy), Luke Scott (2, Guardado)
HR - Adam Jones (1, Guardado), Aubrey Huff (1, McCarthy), Luke Scott (2, McCarthy)
RBI - Adam Jones 3 (8), Aubrey Huff (8), Luke Scott 3 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Jones (1), Luke Scott 3 (3)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Adam Jones 1
DP - Zaun-Izturis, Izturis-Huff
E - Gregg Zaun (1, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
Alfredo Simon 1.1433003 9.95
Dennis Sarfate 3.1100230 4.26
Chris Ray 1.1200020 9.82
Jamie Walker 1100010 0.00
Jim Johnson (W,1-0) 2100010 3.86
George Sherrill 1422000 6.23
WP - Jamie Walker (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Alfredo Simon 25-14, Dennis Sarfate 54-30, Chris Ray 25-16, Jamie Walker 20-14, Jim Johnson 20-14, George Sherrill 26-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alfredo Simon 1-2, Dennis Sarfate 2-3, Chris Ray 1-1, Jim Johnson 2-2, George Sherrill 1-2
Batters Faced - Alfredo Simon 7, Dennis Sarfate 11, Chris Ray 6, Jamie Walker 4, Jim Johnson 6, George Sherrill 7
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B5021001 .375
Michael Young, 3B4131110 .355
Josh Hamilton, CF5021001 .290
Hank Blalock, DH5010003 .217
Nelson Cruz, RF5111014 .258
David Murphy, LF3000102 .000
Chris Davis, 1B4111031 .167
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4110020 .182
Omar Vizquel, SS4120000 .500
2B - Josh Hamilton (1, Sarfate)
HR - Michael Young (2, Simon), Nelson Cruz (4, Simon), Chris Davis (2, Simon)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (9), Michael Young (5), Josh Hamilton (7), Nelson Cruz (6), Chris Davis (3)
CS - Ian Kinsler (1, 2nd base by Simon/Zaun), David Murphy (1, 2nd base by Sarfate/Zaun)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Josh Hamilton 1
DP - Hamilton-Davis, Davis-Vizquel
Texas Rangers
Brandon McCarthy 6533352 4.91
C.J. Wilson 1.2000220 7.20
Frank Francisco 1.1000020 0.00
Eddie Guardado (L,0-1) 0.2444101 15.00
Warner Madrigal 0.1000100 13.50
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 92-58, C.J. Wilson 26-12, Frank Francisco 16-9, Eddie Guardado 33-21, Warner Madrigal 9-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 5-7, C.J. Wilson 2-0, Warner Madrigal 1-0
Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 25, C.J. Wilson 6, Frank Francisco 4, Eddie Guardado 7, Warner Madrigal 2
Game Information
Attendance - 14041
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor