Jones HR off Rodney in 11th gives Orioles 3-2 win over Twins

BALTIMORE (AP) Adam Jones had just hit the winning home run and absorbed a celebratory shaving cream pie in the face, and now the Baltimore Orioles center fielder was standing in the clubhouse surrounded by television cameras, microphones and his two little boys.

If there was any thought that his 11th opening day with the Orioles would be jumbled together with all the rest, the aftermath of Baltimore's 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday was solid evidence to the contrary.

''Each one is more and more special because it shows I've been able to maintain and stay in the big leagues,'' Jones said. ''This one is probably more important because my kids are able to talk a little bit better and they understand what's going on better.''

Jones homered on Fernando Rodney's first pitch starting the bottom of the 11th inning to provide the Orioles with their eighth consecutive opening day victory.

After working out of trouble in the 10th, Rodney's debut with the Twins came to an abrupt end when Jones went deep to left.

''I knew it was gone off the bat,'' said Jones, whose contract expires after this season.

So, could this have been his final opener with Baltimore?

''Who knows, but I'm here now and it's awesome,'' Jones said.

Richard Bleier (1-0) worked one inning for the Orioles, who made the most of five hits.

Minnesota has lost nine of its last 10 openers, including three against Baltimore. The Twins forced extra innings with a two-run ninth before succumbing.

''There were some strange things that happened,'' said reliever Zach Duke, who struck out four in the seventh inning. ''But we proved is that if we're going to go down, we're going to go down swinging. We battled, and that's the signature of this team.''

Baltimore missed a chance win it in the 10th when Jonathan Schoop bounced into a double play against Rodney (0-1) with the bases loaded after the Twins stacked the infield with five players, leaving just two outfielders.

An opening day that featured brilliant pitching by starters Dylan Bundy and Jake Odorizzi took a sharp turn as a result of bullpen breakdowns by both teams.

Although Duke struck out four in the seventh, he also threw two wild pitches and yielded a two-run triple to Caleb Joseph.

''I haven't struck out four people in an inning since high school,'' Duke said.

Not long after that, the sellout crowd of 45,469 stood in unison as Brad Brach - the anointed closer for injured Zach Britton - attempted to seal the victory in the ninth. With two outs, however, pinch-hitter Robbie Grossman blooped a two-run single to tie it.

Bundy gave up five singles, walked one and struck out seven in seven innings. He allowed only two runners past first base, and no one advanced to third.

Odorizzi was exceptionally sharp in his Twins debut, allowing two hits and two walks wbith seven strikeouts over six innings.

''I was a little nervous in the first but I tried not to show it, just harness it, and use it the right way,'' Odorizzi said. ''So I'm happy with the day.''

As soon as he left, however, Baltimore broke through against Duke, who was also pitching in his first game with Minnesota after signing as a free agent in December.

Duke began by striking out Trey Mancini, who reached when the wild pitch got past catcher Jason Castro and went to the screen.

Another wild pitch moved Mancini to second base. Duke then struck out Tim Beckham, issued an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Danny Valencia and struck out Craig Gentry before Joseph tripled to right-center.

Duke ended the uprising by striking out slugger Chris Davis.

HERE'S THE CATCH

Gentry made a leaping catch at the right-field wall to rob Twins cleanup hitter Eddie Rosario of a potential home run.

Gentry timed his jump perfectly before reaching over the 7-foot barrier to make a backhand grab.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: RHPs Ervin Santana (finger) and Phil Hughes (oblique strain) were formally placed on the 10-day DL.

Orioles: As expected, DH Mark Trumbo (quad strain) and RHP Gabriel Ynoa (shin) were placed on the DL, retroactive to March 26.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson starts Saturday night in the second game of the three-game set. Gibson is 2-2 with a 5.89 ERA in seven career starts vs. Baltimore.

Orioles: RHP Andrew Cashner makes his Baltimore debut, coming off an 11-win season with Texas. He signed with the Orioles as a free agent in February.

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  • W: R. Bleier (1-0)L: F. Rodney (0-1)
  • HR: BAL - A. Jones (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Dozier 2B50100011.200.200.200.4000.5
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E. Rosario LF-CF41100100.250.400.250.6505.0
L. Morrison DH30000111.000.250.000.2500.5
R. LaMarre PR-DH111000001.0001.0001.0002.0002.0
E. Escobar SS50100024.200.200.200.4000.0
M. Kepler RF40100102.250.400.250.6502.0
B. Buxton CF30100022.333.333.333.6672.0
a- R. Grossman PH-LF101200001.0001.0001.0002.0003.0
J. Castro C40000024.000.000.000.000-1.0
  • a-singled for Buxton in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Davis 1B40000112.000.200.000.2000.5
M. Machado SS40200110.500.600.7501.3505.5
J. Schoop 2B50000025.000.000.000.000-1.0
A. Jones CF51111021.200.200.8001.0005.0
T. Mancini LF41100010.250.250.250.5001.5
T. Beckham 3B40000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
P. Alvarez DH10000101.000.500.000.5001.0
a- D. Valencia PH-DH11000110.000.500.000.5001.5
C. Gentry RF30000024.000.000.000.000-1.0
b- C. Rasmus PH-RF00000100.0001.000.0001.0001.0
C. Joseph C30120011.333.3331.0001.3334.5
  • a-was walked intentionally for Alvarez in the 7th
  • b-walked for Gentry in the 10th
BATTING
  • RBI - R. Grossman 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Grossman 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Machado
  • 3B - C. Joseph
  • HR - A. Jones
  • SH - C. Joseph
  • RBI - A. Jones, C. Joseph 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Joseph 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - E. Rosario, B. Buxton
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Machado
FIELDING
  • PB - C. Joseph
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Odorizzi6.02002700.000.6720.5
Z. Duke1.012214018.002.001.0
A. Reed2.00000200.000.007.0
T. Hildenberger0.10002000.006.00-2.0
F. Rodney (L, 0-1)0.221100113.503.00-8.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Odorizzi6.0
Z. Duke1.0
A. Reed2.0
T. Hildenberger0.1
F. Rodney (L, 0-1)0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Bundy7.05001700.000.8621.5
D. O'Day (H, 1)1.00000100.000.003.5
B. Brach (BS, 1)0.222222027.006.00-5.0
M. Givens1.10000100.000.003.5
R. Bleier (W, 1-0)1.01000000.001.009.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Bundy7.0
D. O'Day (H, 1)1.0
B. Brach (BS, 1)0.2
M. Givens1.1
R. Bleier (W, 1-0)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - Z. Duke 2 (2)
  • IBB - Z. Duke, T. Hildenberger
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 93-55, Z. Duke 24-15, A. Reed 23-20, T. Hildenberger 9-3, F. Rodney 7-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 5-6, A. Reed 1-3, T. Hildenberger 1-0, F. Rodney 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 22, Z. Duke 6, A. Reed 6, T. Hildenberger 3, F. Rodney 3
PITCHING
  • WP - R. Bleier
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Bundy 88-64, D. O'Day 12-8, B. Brach 34-18, M. Givens 14-11, R. Bleier 14-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Bundy 4-9, D. O'Day 1-1, M. Givens 3-0, R. Bleier 2-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Bundy 26, D. O'Day 3, B. Brach 6, M. Givens 4, R. Bleier 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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MIN0-1
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BAL1-0
000020001350
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Dozier 2B50100011.200.200.200.4000.5
J. Mauer 1B50100002.200.200.200.4001.0
M. Sano 3B50000031.000.000.000.000-1.5
E. Rosario LF-CF41100100.250.400.250.6505.0
L. Morrison DH30000111.000.250.000.2500.5
R. LaMarre PR-DH111000001.0001.0001.0002.0002.0
E. Escobar SS50100024.200.200.200.4000.0
M. Kepler RF40100102.250.400.250.6502.0
B. Buxton CF30100022.333.333.333.6672.0
a- R. Grossman PH-LF101200001.0001.0001.0002.0003.0
J. Castro C40000024.000.000.000.000-1.0
Total40282031117-----
HITTERSAB
B. Dozier 2B5
J. Mauer 1B5
M. Sano 3B5
E. Rosario LF-CF4
L. Morrison DH3
R. LaMarre PR-DH1
E. Escobar SS5
M. Kepler RF4
B. Buxton CF3
a- R. Grossman PH-LF1
J. Castro C4
Total40
  • a-singled for Buxton in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Davis 1B40000112.000.200.000.2000.5
M. Machado SS40200110.500.600.7501.3505.5
J. Schoop 2B50000025.000.000.000.000-1.0
A. Jones CF51111021.200.200.8001.0005.0
T. Mancini LF41100010.250.250.250.5001.5
T. Beckham 3B40000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
P. Alvarez DH10000101.000.500.000.5001.0
a- D. Valencia PH-DH11000110.000.500.000.5001.5
C. Gentry RF30000024.000.000.000.000-1.0
b- C. Rasmus PH-RF00000100.0001.000.0001.0001.0
C. Joseph C30120011.333.3331.0001.3334.5
Total34353151316-----
HITTERSAB
C. Davis 1B4
M. Machado SS4
J. Schoop 2B5
A. Jones CF5
T. Mancini LF4
T. Beckham 3B4
P. Alvarez DH1
a- D. Valencia PH-DH1
C. Gentry RF3
b- C. Rasmus PH-RF0
C. Joseph C3
Total34
  • a-was walked intentionally for Alvarez in the 7th
  • b-walked for Gentry in the 10th
BATTING
  • RBI - R. Grossman 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Grossman 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Machado
  • 3B - C. Joseph
  • HR - A. Jones
  • SH - C. Joseph
  • RBI - A. Jones, C. Joseph 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Joseph 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - E. Rosario, B. Buxton
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Machado
FIELDING
  • PB - C. Joseph
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Odorizzi6.02002700.000.6720.5
Z. Duke1.012214018.002.001.0
A. Reed2.00000200.000.007.0
T. Hildenberger0.10002000.006.00-2.0
F. Rodney (L, 0-1)0.221100113.503.00-8.0
Total10.05335131---
PITCHERSIP
J. Odorizzi6.0
Z. Duke1.0
A. Reed2.0
T. Hildenberger0.1
F. Rodney (L, 0-1)0.2
Total10.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Bundy7.05001700.000.8621.5
D. O'Day (H, 1)1.00000100.000.003.5
B. Brach (BS, 1)0.222222027.006.00-5.0
M. Givens1.10000100.000.003.5
R. Bleier (W, 1-0)1.01000000.001.009.0
Total11.08223110---
PITCHERSIP
D. Bundy7.0
D. O'Day (H, 1)1.0
B. Brach (BS, 1)0.2
M. Givens1.1
R. Bleier (W, 1-0)1.0
Total11.0
PITCHING
  • WP - Z. Duke 2 (2)
  • IBB - Z. Duke, T. Hildenberger
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 93-55, Z. Duke 24-15, A. Reed 23-20, T. Hildenberger 9-3, F. Rodney 7-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 5-6, A. Reed 1-3, T. Hildenberger 1-0, F. Rodney 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 22, Z. Duke 6, A. Reed 6, T. Hildenberger 3, F. Rodney 3
PITCHING
  • WP - R. Bleier
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Bundy 88-64, D. O'Day 12-8, B. Brach 34-18, M. Givens 14-11, R. Bleier 14-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Bundy 4-9, D. O'Day 1-1, M. Givens 3-0, R. Bleier 2-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Bundy 26, D. O'Day 3, B. Brach 6, M. Givens 4, R. Bleier 4
  • 11TH INNING
    Jones homered to left center23
  • 9TH INNING
    Grossman singled to center, Rosario and LaMarre scored, Kepler to second22
  • 7TH INNING
    Joseph tripled to right center, Mancini and Valencia scored02
  • 11TH INNING
    • Richard Bleier relieved Mychal Givens
    • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Rosario flied out to left
    • R. LaMarre: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, LaMarre singled to left
    • E. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, LaMarre to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Escobar grounded out to second, LaMarre to third
    • M. Kepler: Kepler grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 11th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • F. Rodney Pitching:
    • A. Jones: Jones homered to left center
  • 10TH INNING
    • M. Givens Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier grounded out to third
    • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Mauer grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Sano: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 10th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Addison Reed
    • Colby Rasmus hit for Craig Gentry
    • C. Rasmus: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rasmus walked
    • C. Joseph: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Joseph hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Rasmus to second
    • C. Davis: Davis intentionally walked
    • Fernando Rodney relieved Trevor Hildenberger
    • M. Machado: Machado singled to center, Rasmus to third, Davis to second
    • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Schoop grounded into double play shortstop to catcher to first, Rasmus out at home
    • End of the 10th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 9TH INNING
    • Brad Brach relieved Darren O'Day
    • M. Sano: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
    • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario reached on an infield single to first
    • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Rosario to second on passed ball, Ball, Ball, Morrison walked
    • Ryan LaMarre ran for Logan Morrison
    • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
    • M. Kepler: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked, Rosario to third, LaMarre to second
    • Robbie Grossman hit for Byron Buxton
    • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Grossman singled to center, Rosario and LaMarre scored, Kepler to second
    • Mychal Givens relieved Brad Brach
    • J. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Castro grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Robbie Grossman in left
    • Ryan LaMarre at designated hitter
    • Eddie Rosario in center
    • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Mancini grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Beckham flied out to center
    • D. Valencia: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Valencia struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Darren O'Day relieved Dylan Bundy
    • J. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Dozier popped out to first
    • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mauer grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Addison Reed relieved Zach Duke
    • M. Machado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
    • J. Schoop: Foul, Foul, Foul, Schoop flied out to deep right
    • A. Jones: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Jones flied out to center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • D. Bundy Pitching:
    • L. Morrison: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
    • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Escobar singled to right center
    • M. Kepler: Ball, Foul, Kepler popped out to shortstop
    • B. Buxton: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Zach Duke relieved Jake Odorizzi
    • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mancini struck out, reached on wild pitch
    • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Mancini to second on wild pitch, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
    • Danny Valencia hit for Pedro Alvarez
    • D. Valencia: Valencia intentionally walked
    • C. Gentry: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gentry struck out swinging
    • C. Joseph: Joseph tripled to right center, Mancini and Valencia scored
    • C. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • D. Bundy Pitching:
    • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Mauer singled to right
    • M. Sano: Ball, Strike looking, Sano grounded into double play third to second to first, Mauer out at second
    • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Rosario grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
    • M. Machado: Machado flied out to right
    • J. Schoop: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Schoop struck out looking
    • A. Jones: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Jones flied out to right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Bundy Pitching:
    • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Kepler fouled out to catcher
    • B. Buxton: Buxton singled to center
    • J. Castro: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Buxton stole second, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • B. Dozier: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
    • P. Alvarez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Alvarez walked
    • C. Gentry: Strike looking, Ball, Gentry popped out to third
    • C. Joseph: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Joseph struck out swinging
    • C. Davis: Foul, Davis grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Bundy Pitching:
    • M. Sano: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
    • E. Rosario: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rosario walked
    • L. Morrison: Foul, Strike swinging, Morrison flied out to shallow right
    • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Rosario stole second, Ball, Escobar grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
    • A. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
    • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Mancini grounded out to third
    • T. Beckham: Foul, Ball, Beckham grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • D. Bundy Pitching:
    • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kepler singled to right
    • B. Buxton: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
    • J. Castro: Ball, Foul, Ball, Castro popped out to shortstop
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Dozier singled to shallow left, Kepler to second
    • J. Mauer: Mauer grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
    • C. Joseph: Strike looking, Joseph flied out to deep right
    • C. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis grounded out to first
    • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Machado walked
    • J. Schoop: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Machado stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Schoop grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • D. Bundy Pitching:
    • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario flied out to deep right
    • L. Morrison: Ball, Morrison lined out to left
    • E. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
    • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mancini singled to right
    • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
    • P. Alvarez: Strike swinging, Ball, Alvarez flied out to center
    • C. Gentry: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gentry struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • D. Bundy Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Foul, Dozier flied out to deep right
    • J. Mauer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Mauer flied out to left
    • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Sano flied out to right
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
    • C. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis flied out to left
    • M. Machado: Machado doubled to deep right
    • J. Schoop: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Schoop struck out on foul tip
    • A. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)