BALTIMORE - When the Orioles find themselves playing in extra innings, it has become a matter of when they will win the game not if and Adam Jones always seems to be right in the middle of the victory.
On Tuesday night with the bases loaded, Jones drilled a liner off the glove of Seattle Mariners right fielder Casper Wells and the Birds won their 12th straight extra inning game by a score of 8-7.
It was the Orioles fifth straight win in games that go 13 innings or longer and the game ended at 12:02 a.m. - coincidentally the same time that Robert Andino ended the Boston Red Sox season in 2011 - to give Darren O'Day his sixth victory against zero losses this season.
Chris Davis was intentionally walked by Mariners reliever Shawn Kelley to load the bases and Jones didn't waste any time in ending a game that lasted nearly five hours.
"The pitching staff has kept us in games and that is all you ask," Jones said. "I want to get the game over with and get my team off the field."
Kevin Gregg, Troy Patton, Matt Lindstrom and Darren O' Day all pitched more than an inning each with the bullpen combining to go nine innings and strike out six Mariners. Getting warm multiple times in a game can make it difficult for relievers, but Lindstrom said the bullpen is just focused on the game and getting outs when it is called upon.
"We are just all trying to do our part down there and I know it sounds cliche but we know each and every one of us has the stuff to get major league hitters out," Lindstrom said. "We are just down there trying to form a lethal combination just doing what we do. We are all ready to go at anytime and we just get our routines down and wait for that phone call."
O's starter Zach Britton struggled allowing seven runs, four earned and he was sent down to Class-AAA Norfolk after the game and Steve Johnson was called up to start Wednesday's game. Tommy Hunter was originally slated to start on Wednesday but was forced to warm up on Tuesday night in case the game went any longer.
"We just didn't feel comfortable for [Hunter] after getting fully hot last night to come in that game which he had to do," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Didn't think it was fair to him to start the game but he is available for an extended outing tonight and if that doesn't happen he'll probably pitch on Sunday where [Britton] would have been."
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters blasted two solo home runs, with each one traveling more than 400 feet, caught the entire game and was back in the starting lineup on Wednesday.
But it was Jones who found himself at the plate with a chance to capture the win and once again he delivered for the Orioles.
"That was a mature at-bat," Showalter said. "I caught his eye when he was on deck because I'm on him all the time about they don't get you out, you get yourself out. When he spit on those first two breaking balls, I turned to John [Russell] and said we got a chance here."
NOTES: Injured starter Jason Hammel threw from 120 feet and didn't report any problems. ... Ryan Flaherty was placed on the disabled list with a bacterial infection and was sent home on Wednesday. ... Jim Thome will travel with the team but will then report home to Illinois and then probably to Sarasota, Fla., to receive treatment on his injured back. ... Miguel Socolovich was called up to take Flaherty's place on the active roster.