Adam Jones gave the Orioles a 3-0 lead with a three-run shot off the left field foul pole in the top of the third.
It was Jones’ 17th homer of the year. He is 1 for 2 today and is now batting .415 over his last 11 games at 17 for 41 with two homers and 8 RBI. He also has five doubles and a triple in that stretch.
Jones had just one homer over his past 22 games until today’s blast. He now has 51 RBI.
Jones has hit 10 of his 17 homers on the road this year. He hit 8 homers in June and has four since. He has hit three since the All-Star game after hitting 14 before.
By the way, Jones is now 6 for 10 in his career vs. Andy Sonnanstine with two doubles and three homers.
Jones also just bailed Brian Matusz out of a terrible last of the fourth, by throwing a runner out at the plate to end the frame. Tampa scored five in the 4th to take a 5-3 lead vs. the O’s and Matusz. They got a Kelly Shoppach Grand Slam on a 2-2 pitch to take the lead.
There will be no quality start today.