Jones scores on wild play as O’s walk-off for 2nd straight game

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By JOR­DAN SCHATZ

jschatz@ce­cil­whig.com

— The Bal­ti­more Ori­oles are mak­ing dra­matic vic­to­ries a habit.

Adam Jones broke from third and scored on a come­backer to the mound to de­liver the Ori­oles a 3-2 vic­tory over the Colorado Rock­ies in 10 in­nings at Cam­den Yards on Mon­day, se­cur­ing the team’s sec­ond­straight walk-off win in as many con­tests.

Af­ter Jonathan Schoop moved Jones from first to third on a one-out sin­gle to right field, three-hole hit­ter Manny Machado chopped the first pitch he saw back to pitcher Jor­dan Lyles. Jones, freez­ing ini­tially, darted for home when Lyles mis­han-

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dled the ball, and slid across the plate for the win­ning run as the pitcher’s throw to catcher Nick Hund­ley came in wildly and skipped away.

“I couldn’t tell you [if Hund­ley held onto the ball]. You can see it from the re­play, I was run­ning,” Jones said. “You play un­til the last out is made. It doesn’t mat­ter how you score. As long as you win, it doesn’t mat­ter.”

The play proved pos­si­ble af­ter the elec­tric cen­ter fielder raced to third on Schoop’s op­po­site-field sin­gle that lightly bounded past the in­field­ers, who were playing at dou­ble play depth.

“It’s called pride,” Jones said. “Play the game hard, man. It was a sit­u­a­tion where you needed a guy on third base and I [busted] my tail to get there.”

It came on the same night that Jones (1-for-4) also drove in a pair of runs to move past Rafael Palmeiro for sev­enth all-time in club his­tory with 702 RBIs. His first run-scor­ing hit—a sin­gle that trig­gered the mile­stone—scored J.J. Hardy to give the Ori­oles a 1-0 lead in the sec­ond in­ning.

He later drove in Nolan Reimold on a ground ball to short­stop that tied the game, 2-2, in the sev­enth in­ning.

“It was a great baserun­ning play [to score]. He and [third base coach] Bobby [Dick­er­son] talk about it. Any­thing they can turn two on, you’ve got to go. You’ve got to sac­ri­fice one at the plate to con­tinue the in­ning,” Ori­oles man­ager Buck Showal­ter said. “Adam takes a lot of pride in be­ing an all-around player, and he is.”

The vic­tory came one day af­ter Reimold connected for a pinch-hit, two-out, tworun home run that gave the first-place Ori­oles (58-40) a walk-off win over the Cleveland In­di­ans on Sun­day af­ter­noon. It marked the team’s fifth straight vic­tory af­ter los­ing four in a row.

“It’s good to get a win any way you can get it this time a year,” Showal­ter said.

Bal­ti­more start­ing pitcher Yo­vani Gal­lardo pro­duced a sec­ond ex­tended start in as many out­ings, throw­ing 6 2-3 in­nings and de­part­ing with the game tied. He walked off the mound hav­ing al­lowed two earned runs on five hits with two walks and six strike­outs.

“I felt good. I was able to get some ground balls when­ever I needed to and got out of trou­ble. I think that’s al­ways a positive sign,” said Gal­lardo, who prior to Mon­day, threw seven frames in an even­tual loss to the New York Yan­kees on July 20. “Even my last start in New York, it felt pretty good, and once again to­day.”

Gal­lardo al­lowed a solo home run to Nolan Are­nado that tied the game in the fourth in­ning. He then let the Rock­ies take the mo­men­tary lead in the sev­enth when they scored on backto-back sin­gles with two outs.

Af­ter Car­los Gon­za­lez walked to lead off the sev­enth and Trevor Story flew out to left, Gal­lardo picked off Gon­za­lez at first while rookie David Dahl stood in the bat­ter’s box. Dahl, mak­ing his Ma­jor League de­but, then sin­gled on a 3-2 pitch into cen­ter field for his first ca­reer hit and later ad­vanced to sec­ond on a wild pitch, be­fore scor­ing on a sin­gle up the mid­dle by Mark Reynolds.

The Ori­oles wasted lit­tle time bat­tling back. With one out in the bot­tom of the frame, Reimold reached on a hit by pitch and moved to third on a dou­ble down the left field line by Dariel Alverez. Jones then fol­lowed with a hit to the right side of the drawn-in short­stop to tie the game.

Ori­oles re­liever My­chal Givens (two strike­outs) sat down the four bat­ters he faced across the sev­enth and eighth in­nings, while closer Zach Brit­ton threw a per­fect ninth in­ning with two strike­outs. Chaz Roe (10) then en­tered and threw the 10th for the Ori­oles, es­cap­ing un­scathed de­spite al­low­ing Daniel Descalso to reach on a two-out sin­gle, be­fore ad­vanc­ing to sec­ond on a wild pitch.

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The off­sea­son con­tract ex­ten­sion signed by place-kicker Justin Tucker and the re­turn of Pro Bowl punter Sam Koch pro­vides lit­tle drama on the spe­cial teams side of things. How­ever, the bat­tle for re­turn spe­cial­ist will likely not be de­cided un­til the sea­son opener.

Cam­pa­naro and Reynolds will com­pete with Kaelin Clay—who re­turned an 82-yard punt for a touch­down against the Browns last Novem­ber—for pri­mary re­turner du­ties.

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