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Jones smacks two bombs to lift Orioles past Rays

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BALTIMORE -- Adam Jones has been hitting the ball solidly all season, as evidenced by his impressive .363 batting average.

As if that isn't enough, Baltimore's rapidly improving center fielder has added a jolt of power to his swing.

Jones slammed two home runs for the first time in his career and drove in four runs Tuesday night to lead the Orioles to a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Jones hit a solo shot in the first inning and a three-run drive in the second. Both homers -- his seventh and eighth of the season -- came off Andy Sonnanstine (1-4), who had allowed only one home run in 32 2/3 innings this season.

"The first one was a good pitch by him. I've seen it on video. It was a good pitch and I went down and got it," Jones said. "The other one was 3-1 right down the middle. I'm just not missing them as often. I'm putting them in play and I'm putting them in play with authority."

Now in his second full year in the majors, Jones totaled 17 homers in his first 233 games before hitting three in his last three.

"I got a bat in my hand. I'm not going to go up there swinging gingerly," he said. "I got three strikes and I'm just trying to make the best of it up there."

Baltimore trailed 5-1 in the second inning before rallying for its fourth win in six games. The Orioles are 4-2 against the defending AL champions after losing the season series 15-3 last year.

Brian Bass (2-1) pitched four scoreless innings of relief and George Sherrill, the fifth Baltimore pitcher, worked the ninth for his sixth save. Sherrill was in danger of losing his job after blowing two save opportunities in the span of a week, but the left-hander appears to have righted himself after working with pitching coach Rick Kranitz.

"George looked a lot more determined the last couple times he's pitched," manager Dave Trembley said.

Said Sherrill: "You don't want to have your job threatened. I just wanted to see what the problem was. I think working with Kranny, the adjustments he's made are really starting to pay off.

Despite the loss, the Rays reached two milestones. Carl Crawford drove in two runs to pass Aubrey Huff for the franchise lead in career RBI, and Tampa Bay extended its club-record streak of games with at least one stolen base to 14.

The Rays batted around against Mark Hendrickson in a five-run second, the key hits a two-run double by Crawford and an RBI single by Evan Longoria.

The Orioles answered with five runs in the bottom half to take a 6-5 lead. The uprising included an RBI double by Lou Montanez and was capped by Jones' second homer of the night.

In the Baltimore third, Huff led off with a double and scored on a single by Melvin Mora before Montanez chased Sonnanstine with a single.

"It was the most frustrating start I ever had," Sonnanstine said. "It's a lot of bad luck, I think. I felt good physically. I felt my pitches were good. It just wasn't my night. I feel like they got my number."

Neither team got a runner in scoring position again until the sixth, when Jones dropped a fly ball to allow Ben Zobrist to reach second with no outs. A one-out single by Gabe Kapler put runners at the corners before Bass got Dioner Navarro to hit into a double play.

In the seventh, Longoria hit a two-out double off Danys Baez and Carlos Pena drew an intentional walk before Willy Aybar grounded out.

"I think they have some really good arms in their bullpen," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "When they just jumped back on us, that really put the momentum back on the other side of the fence. But our guys had some good at-bats to the very end."

Notes

  • Orioles LF Felix Pie left in the fourth inning with stomach discomfort.
  • Maddon, a native of Hazleton, Pa., was honored Tuesday at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg on the same day lawmakers donned Phillies caps to honor the late broadcaster Harry Kalas.
  • The Orioles lost the other six games in which they allowed at least four runs in an inning.
 
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Adam Jones is coming of age this season. He has eight homers and is hitting .363 so far. (AP)
Adam Jones is coming of age this season. He has eight homers and is hitting .363 so far. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

A. Jones
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
Tampa Bay

C. Crawford
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Tampa Bay Rays
B.J. Upton, CF4100102 .160
Carl Crawford, LF5122000 .336
Evan Longoria, 3B4021101 .362
Carlos Pena, 1B4010113 .252
Willy Aybar, DH5120014 .268
Ben Zobrist, 2B4000012 .254
Jason Bartlett, SS4120002 .356
Gabe Kapler, RF2011000 .234
   a- Gabe Gross, PH-RF1000001 .260
Dioner Navarro, C3111101 .186
Totals36511543  
a-flied out for Kapler in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carl Crawford 2 (10, Hendrickson, Hendrickson), Evan Longoria (16, Baez), Jason Bartlett (7, Hendrickson)
SF - Gabe Kapler (1)
RBI - Carl Crawford 2 (17), Evan Longoria (45), Gabe Kapler (1), Dioner Navarro (5)
2-OUT RBI - Carl Crawford 2 (9), Evan Longoria (15), Dioner Navarro (3)
SB - Jason Bartlett (8, 2nd base off Johnson/Zaun)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Gabe Kapler 1, B.J. Upton 1
Tampa Bay Rays
Andy Sonnanstine (L,1-4) 2977112 7.27
Grant Balfour 2000010 6.08
J.P. Howell 2100020 3.14
Joe Nelson 1.1100110 4.20
Dan Wheeler 0.2000000 6.75
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Sonnanstine 69-44, Grant Balfour 23-15, J.P. Howell 28-20, Joe Nelson 28-15, Dan Wheeler 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Sonnanstine 2-2, Grant Balfour 2-3, J.P. Howell 3-1, Joe Nelson 1-2
Batters Faced - Andy Sonnanstine 15, Grant Balfour 6, J.P. Howell 7, Joe Nelson 6, Dan Wheeler 2
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4101011 .281
Adam Jones, CF4224000 .363
Nick Markakis, RF4010000 .349
Aubrey Huff, 1B4110011 .268
Melvin Mora, 3B4121011 .258
Lou Montanez, DH-LF4021010 .243
Gregg Zaun, C3110102 .214
Felix Pie, LF1100112 .180
    Ty Wigginton, LF2010001 .204
Cesar Izturis, SS4010004 .245
Totals34711725  
Batting
2B - Nick Markakis (11, Nelson), Aubrey Huff (9, Sonnanstine), Lou Montanez (4, Sonnanstine), Ty Wigginton (3, Howell)
HR - Adam Jones 2 (8, Sonnanstine, Sonnanstine)
RBI - Brian Roberts (13), Adam Jones 4 (25), Melvin Mora (12), Lou Montanez (6)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Jones 3 (7)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Huff, Izturis-Huff
E - Adam Jones (2, Dropped fly)
Baltimore Orioles
Mark Hendrickson 2655100 6.35
Brian Bass (W,2-1) 4300010 5.18
Danys Baez (H,2) 1100100 2.37
Jim Johnson (H,5) 1100110 3.52
George Sherrill (S,6) 1000110 3.68
IBB - Pena by Danys Baez
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Hendrickson 42-26, Brian Bass 43-28, Danys Baez 15-7, Jim Johnson 22-11, George Sherrill 26-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Hendrickson 1-5, Brian Bass 6-4, Danys Baez 2-1, Jim Johnson 1-1, George Sherrill 1-1
Batters Faced - Mark Hendrickson 13, Brian Bass 14, Danys Baez 5, Jim Johnson 5, George Sherrill 4
Game Information
Attendance - 17122
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi