Orioles center fielder Adam Jones sent the first pitch he saw Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Angels over the center-field wall in the first inning for a two-run home run.
It was Jones' 21st home run of the season -- 11 of which have come in the first inning, the most in the major leagues. It’s also the most by an Orioles player since Brady Anderson hit 13 in 1996.
“Cool,” Jones said. “That’s my only answer to it. ... I just play the game.”
Jones also hit a first-inning homer Tuesday night off the Angels' Jered Weaver to tie the game at 1. The Orioles ultimately won that game, 7-6, in 12 innings.
The Orioles are now 14-5 in games in which Jones has homered (he has hit multiple home runs in two games this season -- in a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on May 7, and a 4-2 win over the Angels on July 21).
Even more, the Orioles are now 10-1 when Jones hits a home run in the first inning -- the lone loss coming May 13 to the Detroit Tigers.
“If you’re able to get some runs across early, it allows the starting pitcher to breathe,” Jones said. “Especially for the young starters, like we have on our team.”
Jones' home run Wednesday night was also his 85th at Camden Yards. That ties him with Cal Ripken Jr. for fourth all-time. Palmeiro leads that list with 124. Brady Anderson is second with 91, and Melvin Mora is third with 89.
“While I’m playing, I could care less about any of those statistics,” Jones said. “It means something, because I’m out there helping my team, but it doesn’t mean anything because I don’t care.”email@example.com