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Orioles use Jones' home run to complete comeback vs. Rangers

CBSSports.com wire reports
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BALTIMORE -- Adam Jones enjoyed beating the high-powered Texas Rangers at their own game.

Jones hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning and the Baltimore Orioles rallied for an 8-5 victory Sunday.

"We can mash, too," Jones said. "We're different ballclubs, different style teams. They hack. I love watching them -- not against us, but I love watching them."

With one out, Cesar Izturis was hit on his left foot and Brian Roberts singled to left before Jones hit an 0-1 slider from reliever Jason Jennings (0-1) into the seats in left-center to give Baltimore a 7-5 lead. Jones' third homer completed the Orioles' comeback from a 5-1 deficit.

"Things were jumping out of here today. [Jones] hit it in the right spot," Jennings said.

Texas' bullpen has a 6.75 ERA, though manager Ron Washington isn't worried about his relievers' ineffectiveness. Washington is more concerned with his starters coughing up leads.

"My bullpen isn't giving me any concerns. I think my bullpen has been doing a good job," he said. "It got us today. No concern here."

Chris Davis, David Murphy and Hank Blalock connected for the Rangers, who lead the major leagues with 38 home runs and have hit two or more in a game 14 times this season, also most in the majors.

Roberts had four hits and also homered for the Orioles, and Nick Markakis had two RBI. Markakis singled in the fifth, extending his hitting streak to 13 games and reaching base safely for the 27th consecutive game, the longest active streak in the majors.

Danys Baez (1-1) got the victory with three hitless innings. George Sherrill worked the ninth for his fourth save.

Baez came in after rookie Brad Bergesen allowed five straight hits to open the fifth. With runners on first and second, Baez struck out Davis and retired Jarrod Saltalamacchia on a popup. Elvis Andrus reached on third baseman Ty Wigginton's error, loading the bases, but Baez got Ian Kinsler to ground out.

Baez kept Texas from adding to its 5-1 lead, giving the Orioles time to rally.

"The momentum of the game changed when he got out of the [fifth] inning," Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said. "There was a different feel in the dugout after he got out of that inning and when we scored a couple, I think everybody felt like we were going to win the game."

Davis homered with Marlon Byrd aboard in the second inning to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead. Davis' drive off Bergesen was his third in four games and fifth overall.

Murphy snapped an 0-for-23 start with his first hit of the season, a solo shot to left-center leading off the fifth. After Michael Young's double, Blalock homered to center for a 5-1 lead.

Bergesen allowed five runs and 10 hits.

"He was probably too strong because he didn't have his good sink," Trembley said. "So that tells me he was probably trying to either overthrow or was too strong."

Roberts led off the fifth with his second homer. Markakis then singled, went to second on Aubrey Huff's hit to right and was awarded home when right fielder Nelson Cruz, aiming for third base, threw wildly into the stands. Luke Scott's double to the wall in left-center made it 5-4.

Rangers starter Brandon McCarthy exited after allowing four runs and nine hits over five innings.

"I couldn't be more disappointed with what I did in the fifth," McCarthy said. "They went out and got me runs -- I got a four-run lead at that point. It's time to get a shutdown inning. ... It's just unacceptable at that juncture in the game. I didn't help our cause at all."

Notes

  • Texas' Omar Vizquel, who turned 42 on Friday, became the third 42-year-old in major league history to play shortstop when he entered as a defensive replacement in the eighth. He joins Luke Appling (1949) and Hall of Famer Honus Wagner (1916).
  • Rangers CF Josh Hamilton was out of the starting lineup with bruised ribs, which he hurt sliding into third base on a double steal Saturday night. A team spokesman said X-rays were negative. Hamilton struck out looking as a pinch hitter in the eighth.
  • Roberts had his team-high ninth multihit game of the season.
 
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Brian Roberts hypes up his teammates after finishing with four hits, including a solo shot in the fifth.  (AP)
Brian Roberts hypes up his teammates after finishing with four hits, including a solo shot in the fifth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

A. Jones
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Texas

C. Davis
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B5000015 .359
David Murphy, LF3111100 .040
   a- Andruw Jones, PH1010000 .435
Michael Young, 3B5110011 .280
Hank Blalock, DH5112012 .242
Marlon Byrd, CF5120003 .340
Nelson Cruz, RF4010011 .275
Chris Davis, 1B4112022 .213
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4020002 .278
Elvis Andrus, SS3010001 .275
   b- Josh Hamilton, PH1000010 .242
    Omar Vizquel, SS0000000 .429
Totals40511517  
a-doubled for Murphy in the 9th
b-struck out for Andrus in the 8th
Batting
2B - Andruw Jones (5, Sherrill), Michael Young (6, Bergesen), Marlon Byrd (6, Bergesen)
HR - David Murphy (1, Bergesen), Hank Blalock (5, Bergesen), Chris Davis (5, Bergesen)
RBI - David Murphy (2), Hank Blalock 2 (12), Chris Davis 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Davis 2 (5)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - David Murphy 2
DP - Murphy-Young, Kinsler-Andrus-Davis
E - Nelson Cruz (2, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Brandon McCarthy 5944311 5.32
Jason Jennings (BS,1; L,0-1) 2.2444211 4.66
Eddie Guardado 0.1100000 9.64
HBP - Izturis (by Jason Jennings)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 91-53, Jason Jennings 49-25, Eddie Guardado 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 5-7, Jason Jennings 4-1
Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 25, Jason Jennings 13, Eddie Guardado 2
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5341000 .372
Adam Jones, CF4233100 .348
Nick Markakis, RF3122111 .389
Aubrey Huff, 1B5110003 .276
Ty Wigginton, 3B4000001 .227
Luke Scott, DH3011110 .292
Chad Moeller, C3010102 .250
Felix Pie, LF3010101 .167
Cesar Izturis, SS3110004 .230
Totals33814752  
Batting
2B - Adam Jones (7, McCarthy), Luke Scott (5, McCarthy)
HR - Brian Roberts (2, McCarthy), Adam Jones (3, J. Jennings)
SF - Nick Markakis (2)
RBI - Brian Roberts (5), Adam Jones 3 (17), Nick Markakis 2 (21), Luke Scott (11)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Markakis (4), Luke Scott (5)
SB - Adam Jones (1, 2nd base off Guardado/Saltalamacchia)
CS - Brian Roberts (3, 2nd base by J. Jennings/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Cesar Izturis (3, Misplayed grounder), Ty Wigginton (2, Misplayed grounder)
Baltimore Orioles
Brad Bergesen 41055133 5.59
Danys Baez (W,1-1) 3000030 3.48
Jim Johnson (H,4) 1000010 3.00
George Sherrill (S,4) 1100000 5.19
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Bergesen 88-60, Danys Baez 30-21, Jim Johnson 13-9, George Sherrill 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Bergesen 7-3, Danys Baez 5-2, George Sherrill 1-2
Batters Faced - Brad Bergesen 24, Danys Baez 10, Jim Johnson 3, George Sherrill 4
Game Information
Attendance - 22896
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Joe West