Baltimore Orioles lifted by Adam Jones’ two homers

The Baltimore Orioles are tough to beat when their offense is firing on all cylinders. Especially when you’re a team like Oakland who just doesn’t have the horses right now. And when Adam Jones, the de facto team captain, smacks two homers in the game, you know that it’s going to be a long day.

Wade Miley turned in a solid outing that was good enough to qualify both for a quality start and a win. Miley’s line: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 6 K. Oakland actually held a bried lead in this game after Chapman’s RBI-double in the second inning. However that also shows you how an inning can snowball in a sense. It got started innocently enough, with an infield hit. In theory not a big deal; but a walk and another base hit later, the Orioles trailed 1-0.

However they responded in the last of the second on Trumbo’s sac fly-RBI. Two innings later, Jones gave the Birds the lead for good with a solo homer. However Oakland managed to load the bases in the fifth which challenged the Orioles lead with one down. But Miley induced an inning-ending double-play, and the Orioles held onto the lead.

And just for good measure, Jonathan Schoop busted the game wide open in the botto of that fifth inning. His three-run homer gave the Birds a 5-1 lead. Jones would hit his second solo homer of the game later in the inning, and the Birds led 6-1. Oakland would get two runs back on Lowrie’s solo homer in the sixth and Powell’s in the eighth, but that made little difference.

Oh and if you were waiting for a coup de grace in this game, Welington Castillo smacked a solo shot of his own in the last of the eigth to round out the scoring. At the end of the day, the O’s crusied to a 7-3 victory in game one of this series. As has been the case for much of the season, so goes Oriole bats, so go the Orioles.

After the O’s dropped two-of-three to Anaheim, this is a very important series. They’re almost in a position where anything less than sweeping Oakland is to their detriment. So this game was a good start towards that goal. And needless to say, the goal is always to win…everyday.

The series continues this evening at Camden Yards. Ubaldo Jimenez gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Oakland’s Paul Blackburn. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

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