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WASHINGTON -- Adam Jones flashed talent during his first four seasons with the Orioles that suggested he could be a star. So far this season, Baltimore's center fielder appears to be putting it all together.
Jones continued his consistent play with three hits and his 14th home run, Nick Markakis added a two-run homer and the Orioles matched a season high with their fifth straight win, 6-5 over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night.
The AL East leaders improved to 15-5 on the road. Washington lost its third in a row.
Jones has an 11-game hitting streak. In the season's first 41 games, Jones also has two 10-game runs and he's reached base safely in all but four games.
The Orioles are 13-1 when he homers.
"Early in the year, with men in scoring position, I was rushing. I had strikeouts, popouts with men in scoring position. I needed to back away from it, and let the ball come to me and see the ball. Lately, I've been trying to see the ball, use my hands and not really try to think too much about the play because thinking, hitters are never supposed to think," Jones said.
With four homers in his last five games, Jones is on a pace to hit more than 50.
"That would be awesome," Jones said. "My main mission every time I step into that box is hit this ball as hard as you can hit it."
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Manager Buck Showalter, who evened his record as Baltimore's manager at 130-130 with the win, loves to talk about Jones.
"He's that type of talent and he's in a good place mentally. He's slowed the game down some, but at the same time, he's letting it rip every time he gets an opportunity to help his team," Showalter said.
The Orioles took a 6-0 lead in the fifth and barely held on. Robert Andino had a two-run single in the second, Jones a two-run home run in the third and Markakis a two-run homer in the fifth -- all off Ross Detwiler (3-3).
Orioles closer Jim Johnson allowed a two-out home run in the ninth to Ryan Zimmerman, who had three hits. But Johnson struck out Adam LaRoche for his 15th save in as many chances this year, and his 23rd straight.
Hammel has been dealing with a sore right knee. It delayed his previous start by four days. On Monday, Hammel struggled through five innings, allowing four earned runs and seven hits.
He didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning, gave up a run in the fifth and three in the sixth.
"I get to a certain point now where its almost like I'm pitching on one leg and transfer everything to the arm. I got one out further than last time, I guess, so thats good," Hammel said.
"We've just got to get the leg stronger, but I'm definitely hitting the fatigue stage."
Washington scored a run in the fifth on three straight two-out singles, and drove Hammel out of the game in the sixth when Rick Ankiel hit an RBI double.
After Hammel left the game, the Nationals' third run scored on an infield out and the fourth on Roger Bernadina's RBI single.
"He was a tough cookie. It took us a while," Washington manager Davey Johnson said.
Detwiler gave up six runs and nine hits in five innings, the first time a Nationals starter gave up six runs since Sept. 10, 2011.
"I put the team in a hole early and they did a great job trying to dig out. Its just too much, really," Detwiler said.
|With their victory over the Nationals, the Orioles enjoy a five-game winning streak for the second time this season. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Robert Andino, 2B||5||1||2||2||0||2||1||.269|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.259|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||2||1||2||0||1||1||.258|
|Adam Jones, CF||4||1||3||2||0||0||0||.310|
|Matt Wieters, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.243|
|Wilson Betemit, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.227|
|Steve Tolleson, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.308|
|Ryan Flaherty, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.152|
|Xavier Avery, LF||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.286|
|Jason Hammel, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.000|
|Luis Ayala, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Troy Patton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Pedro Strop, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Nick Johnson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.179|
|Jim Johnson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Strop in the 9th|
|2B - Robert Andino (5, Detwiler), Xavier Avery (3, Stammen)|
|3B - J.J. Hardy (1, Detwiler)|
|HR - Nick Markakis (8, Detwiler), Adam Jones (14, Detwiler)|
|SH - Steve Tolleson (1), Jason Hammel (1)|
|RBI - Robert Andino 2 (13), Nick Markakis 2 (22), Adam Jones 2 (29)|
|2-OUT RBI - Robert Andino 2 (10)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Jason Hammel (W,5-1)||5.1||6||4||4||2||5||0||3.12|
|Luis Ayala (H,5)||1.2||3||0||0||0||2||0||1.64|
|Troy Patton (H,3)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.34|
|Pedro Strop (H,7)||0.2||0||0||0||1||0||0||1.14|
|Jim Johnson (S,15)||1||1||1||1||0||1||1||0.92|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 94-53, Luis Ayala 25-17, Troy Patton 10-7, Pedro Strop 11-6, Jim Johnson 21-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 7-4, Luis Ayala 1-2, Troy Patton 1-0, Jim Johnson 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 24, Luis Ayala 8, Troy Patton 1, Pedro Strop 3, Jim Johnson 4|
|Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B||5||0||2||1||0||0||1||.324|
|Bryce Harper, RF-CF||5||0||0||0||0||2||3||.230|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||5||2||3||1||0||1||1||.250|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||1||0||0||1||2||2||.313|
|Ian Desmond, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.271|
|Rick Ankiel, CF||3||1||1||1||0||1||0||.242|
|a- Xavier Nady, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.145|
|Carlos Maldonado, C||3||0||0||1||1||1||0||.000|
|Roger Bernadina, LF||3||1||2||1||1||0||1||.226|
|Ross Detwiler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Tyler Moore, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Craig Stammen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Chad Tracy, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.279|
|Ryan Perry, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Danny Espinosa, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.207|
|Henry Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Ankiel in the 8th|
|b-singled for Detwiler in the 5th|
|c-flied out for Stammen in the 6th|
|d-lined out for Perry in the 8th|
|2B - Ryan Zimmerman (6, Hammel), Ian Desmond (12, Ayala), Rick Ankiel (7, Hammel)|
|HR - Ryan Zimmerman (2, Johnson)|
|SH - Ross Detwiler (2)|
|RBI - Stephen Lombardozzi (5), Ryan Zimmerman (12), Rick Ankiel (8), Carlos Maldonado (1), Roger Bernadina (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Stephen Lombardozzi (5), Ryan Zimmerman (5), Roger Bernadina (5)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Roger Bernadina 1|
|Ross Detwiler (L,3-3)||5||9||6||6||1||3||2||3.65|
|WP - Craig Stammen (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ross Detwiler 79-52, Craig Stammen 14-10, Ryan Perry 22-14, Henry Rodriguez 13-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Detwiler 9-2, Ryan Perry 1-4, Henry Rodriguez 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Ross Detwiler 24, Craig Stammen 4, Ryan Perry 6, Henry Rodriguez 3|
|Attendance - 42331|
|Game Time - 3:01|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Sam Holbrook|