By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun
1:47 PM EDT, July 8, 2013
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones’ dramatic two-run homer off Mariano Rivera on Sunday afternoon, giving the O’s a much-needed 2-1 win to salvage a win in this weekend's series at Yankee Stadium, was his fifth homer in the ninth inning or later to give the Orioles a lead since the beginning of the 2012 season.
That’s the most in baseball, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Jones’ ability to come through in the clutch is one of the reasons the Orioles often go into the late-innings knowing that they are always capable of winning.
Yes, he’s free-swinging. And yes, sometimes his at-bats can be maddening, but Jones’ aggressiveness at the plate allows him to create this kind of late-inning dramatics.
Here’s a look at Jones’ go-ahead homers in the ninth or later since the beginning of last year. The Orioles won all five of those games. Sunday’s homer was not only the first that didn’t come in extra innings, but it was the first one that came with the Orioles trailing. Four of them came on the road.
Most Orioles fans will remember these games.
Few can forget the 17th inning game, when Chris Davis earned the win. And then 10 days, later Jones hit the game winning homer in the 12th inning in Kansas City. And last June’s walk-off win over the Phillies at Camden Yards was one of the most memorable home games of the year.
Date Opponent Inning Score Runs Pitcher Count Final score
5/6/12 @Red Sox Top 17th 6-6 3 Darnell McDonald 1-1 W, 9-6
5/16/12 @Royals Top 15th 3-3 1 Nathan Adcock 2-2 W, 4-3
6/19/12 vs. Phillies Bot 12th 4-4 2 B.J. Rosenburg 0-1 W, 6-4*
9/19/12 @Mariners Top 11th 1-1 2 Josh Kinney 3-2 W, 3-1
7/7/13 @Yankees Top 9th 0-1 2 Mariano Rivera 0-1 W, 2-1
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