Adam Jones says he's fine after scare in Orioles' 5-4 loss to Yankees

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones didn't want to talk about how his body felt after crashing against the right-center field wall of Yankee Stadium and falling to the ground, writhing in pain on the warning track.

The sight of Jones -- chasing down a deep fly ball off the bat of Alex Rodriguez in the fifth inning of the Orioles' 5-4 loss to the Yankees Friday night, the left side of his body hitting a Plexiglass panel by the Yankees bullpen shortly after leaving his feet -- was enough to make any Orioles fan cringe.


After the game, Jones, who remained in the game, wouldn't specify what hurt. Even manager Buck Showalter was half-guessing that he either hurt his ribs or his left shoulder.

"It doesn't matter," Jones said. "I'm fine. I'm playing tomorrow. … You've seen it, so I'm good. I appreciate the concern. I'm fine. … I would have come out of the game if I wasn't feeling good."

Seeing Jones get up slowly, Orioles manager Buck Showalter sprinted to center field with trainer Brian Ebel in tow.

"He plays the game so hard, you wonder why more of that doesn't happen," Showalter said. "Adam stays down more than a second, it's never about drama with him like so many guys you see. If he's down for more than a second, you know he got a pretty good bang there. He was more upset about not catching it initially."

On the play, the ball hit off the top of Jones' glove while a young fan in the stands reaching out with his glove made contact with the outfielder. The ball hit off the wall and rolled along the warning track as Rodriguez landed on third with a triple.

"I just wish I had caught it," Jones said. "I was there. I was mad I didn't catch it. … I had a good bead on it."

Such has been the case for the Orioles, who have lost the first four games of their six-game road trip to New York City, including three of those games by just one run. The Orioles are 3-6 in one-run games this season.

After dropping two games to the New York Mets at Citi Field, the Orioles lost their second straight to the Yankees despite rallying from an early five-run deficit to make it a one-run game and force New York's late-inning relief duo of Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller into the game for back-to-back nights.

"We won some [one-run games] and will again and have in the past," Showalter  said. "When you have those two guys throwing the ball the way they were, we had very few opportunities, but we just couldn't get that one blow. There's such a fine line."

The loss put the Orioles (12-15) -- who are 1-11 in games in which the opponent scores first -- tied for a season worst at three games below .500. They also fell 5 1/2 games behind the American League East-leading Yankees.

Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez struggled through his shortest outing in more than a year, lasting just four innings while allowing five runs on five hits. It was Gonzalez's shortest start since April 4, 2014 at Detroit.

Gonzalez (3-2) entered the night having allowed one run or fewer in three of his five starts this season, including 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the Tampa Bay Rays in his last outing Saturday. But he quickly fell behind 3-0 just five batters into Friday's game.

The first two Yankees batters reached against Gonzalez — Jacoby Ellsbury on an infield single that deflected off Gonzalez's glove and Brett Gardner on a double. Rodriguez scored the game's first run on a sacrifice fly to center.

Two batters later, Gonzalez fell behind Yankees catcher Brian McCann 3-0. But McCann had the green light, and crushed a four-seam fastball that caught too much the plate, sending it into the right-field stands. The Orioles fell behind 5-0 in the third on Carlos Beltran's two-out two-run single with the bases loaded. Four of the Yankees' five runs off Gonzalez were scored with two outs in the inning.


"It's tough," Gonzalez said. "We know they're hitting the ball really well. You can't make any mistakes, especially early, early in the game. That's why I couldn't go more than four innings, 80 pitches. Things didn't go our way."

Left-hander T.J. McFarland, who was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk before the game after right-hander Kevin Gausman went on the disabled list, allowed the Orioles to get back in the game, pitching three scoreless innings in relief of Gonzalez.

McFarland, summoned early Friday afternoon from Norfolk, flew into New York and left his luggage at the airport so he could get to Yankee Stadium in time for the game.

"Somebody picked it up later," McFarland said. "I got my stuff now. Yeah, I had to leave straight from the airport. I couldn't wait, not even 10 minutes. … The way it happened maybe was a little bit of a surprise. You go from being in Norfolk at 2:30 to pitching in Yankee Stadium at 8:30."

Third baseman Manny Machado, who reached base four times (three singles and a walk), put the Orioles on the board with an RBI single in the fifth. The Orioles added another run on a bases-loaded force out by Delmon Young, but stranded runners at the corners when left-handed reliever Justin Wilson struck out Chris Davis to end the inning.

The Orioles loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth, setting the stage for Jimmy Paredes' two-run single up the middle that cut the Yankees' lead to 5-4.

But the Yankees bullpen shut down the Orioles' momentum. Betances (4-0) and former Oriole Andrew Miller combined to retire all seven batters they faced.

After the game, Showalter's concern was with the health of Jones, who is off to the best start of his career at the plate and in the field, and has been a big part of the Orioles overcoming several early-season injuries.

"I think he's probably going to be a little sore tomorrow," Showalter said. "The only thing he said when I got out there was, 'I should have caught that ball.' He wouldn't tell me [what he hurt]. I was watching him up the runway, he was taking some swings off the tee. He's probably going to be a little sore. I looked at the replay between innings. Can't really tell whether it's his shoulder or rib cage. The trainer thought it was more his rib cage that he banged in there. We'll see."


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