Tampa Bay Rays starter James Shields has been impressive tonight.
He’d be unhittable if not for Adam Jones.
Jones doubled to center field in the first inning, and he just homered to right with the count full in the third to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead.
Jones kept battling Shields through a 10-pitch at-bat. It ended with Jones going into his home run trot as right fielder Ben Zobrist raced to the fence.
Orioles 1, Tampa Bay 0.
Jones has accounted for both Orioles hits. Shields has walked Luke Scott and Nick Markakis. He struck out four straight batters before Jones connected off him.
Update: Is there a more accurate outfield arm in baseball than the one attached to Nick Markakis? Markakis made a perfect throw to cut down Dioner Navarro at the plate and end the third inning. Ben Zobrist produced the Rays’ third single of the inning, on another ball that just eluded Brian Roberts, but he couldn’t tie the game.
Meanwhile, the Rays’ video board is displaying a picture of Craig Tatum next to Luke Scott’s name.