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Jones, Orioles clip Royals in 15

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- 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 Wednesday night.

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.

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"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 heck up."

Jones is hitting .290 with 24 RBI and could earn a return trip to Kansas City on July 10 to for the All-Star game at Kauffman Stadium.

"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 innings."

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 reliever Herrera.

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.
 
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Adam Jones (left) and Bill Hall celebrate after Jones' solo shot with one out in the 15th inning. (AP)
Adam Jones (left) and Bill Hall celebrate after Jones' solo shot with one out in the 15th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

A. Jones
AB 7
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Kansas City

F. Paulino
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 2
K 9
 

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Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Xavier Avery, LF6020001 .278
J.J. Hardy, SS6131102 .261
Nick Markakis, RF7021015 .247
Adam Jones, CF7111025 .295
Matt Wieters, C7000030 .260
Nick Johnson, DH5010120 .167
    Bill Hall, PR-DH0000100 .200
Wilson Betemit, 3B-1B7121013 .232
Chris Davis, 1B4020012 .281
    Ryan Flaherty, PR-3B2100001 .167
Robert Andino, 2B6010033 .280
Totals574144313  
Batting
2B - J.J. Hardy (10, Herrera), Nick Markakis (8, Herrera), Nick Johnson (4, Adcock), Wilson Betemit (5, Paulino)
HR - Adam Jones (12, Adcock), Wilson Betemit (6, Broxton)
SH - Xavier Avery (1)
RBI - J.J. Hardy (18), Nick Markakis (19), Adam Jones (24), Wilson Betemit (19)
2-OUT RBI - J.J. Hardy (2)
CS - Nick Markakis (1, 3rd base by Herrera/Quintero)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Andino-Davis, Andino-Hardy-Davis, Davis
E - J.J. Hardy (2, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Hunter 7722110 4.78
Troy Patton 1211100 4.58
Darren O'Day 1100020 1.47
Dana Eveland 3100020 3.38
Kevin Gregg (W,1-1) 2000120 3.75
Jim Johnson (S,13) 1100000 0.51
IBB - Francoeur by Troy Patton
HBP - Escobar (by Tommy Hunter)
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hunter 82-55, Troy Patton 26-17, Darren O'Day 14-11, Dana Eveland 39-29, Kevin Gregg 29-17, Jim Johnson 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hunter 9-8, Darren O'Day 1-0, Dana Eveland 4-3, Kevin Gregg 4-0, Jim Johnson 3-0
Batters Faced - Tommy Hunter 27, Troy Patton 6, Darren O'Day 4, Dana Eveland 10, Kevin Gregg 7, Jim Johnson 4
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jarrod Dyson, CF6010122 .293
Eric Hosmer, 1B7000002 .174
Billy Butler, DH4020001 .294
    Mitch Maier, PR-DH0100000 .200
   a- Johnny Giavotella, PH-DH3010000 .154
Alex Gordon, LF6021113 .250
Jeff Francoeur, RF5110112 .248
Mike Moustakas, 3B6010014 .303
Alcides Escobar, SS5120001 .291
Chris Getz, 2B2000001 .273
    Irving Falu, 2B3010000 .400
Humberto Quintero, C6012023 .232
Totals53312337  
a-lined out for Maier in the 10th
Batting
2B - Alex Gordon (9, Patton), Jeff Francoeur (9, Hunter)
SH - Irving Falu (1)
RBI - Alex Gordon (17), Humberto Quintero 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Gordon (4), Humberto Quintero 2 (7)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Moustakas-Getz
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felipe Paulino 7500290 1.93
Kelvin Herrera (H,6) 1211010 3.72
Jonathan Broxton (BS,2) 1422001 2.45
Tim Collins 1000020 3.15
Nate Adcock (L,0-1) 5311111 2.51
Pitches-Strikes - Felipe Paulino 103-67, Kelvin Herrera 11-9, Jonathan Broxton 21-15, Tim Collins 11-7, Nate Adcock 52-34
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felipe Paulino 5-7, Kelvin Herrera 1-0, Jonathan Broxton 2-1, Tim Collins 1-0, Nate Adcock 8-6
Batters Faced - Felipe Paulino 28, Kelvin Herrera 4, Jonathan Broxton 7, Tim Collins 3, Nate Adcock 19
Game Information
Attendance - 17949
Game Time - 4:10
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Ed Rapuano