Orioles center fielder Adam Jones moved up the franchise’s all-time home run list with his 223rd home run with the club in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Toronto, tying him for fifth place along with Rafael Palmeiro.
Wednesday was also a milestone night for first baseman Chris Davis, whose solo homer in the fourth inning gave him 200 with the Orioles.
“I’ve got it in nine-plus years, he did it in six,” Jones deadpanned. “He’s a real, real slugger right there. It’s a testament, first off, to staying healthy. You can’t do this stuff being hurt. Myself and C.D. have been very instrumental in being on the field daily, and that’s just a big message to this team. We play all the time. We try to get 155 games in a year, and when you play that many games something’s got to happen.”
Jones’ two-run blast off J.A. Happ in the third inning was the deciding blow in the Orioles’ win.
Both Jones and Davis have enjoyed great success against the Blue Jays. Jones’ 33 career homer against Toronto are his most against any opponent. So too are Davis’ 36 homers and 83 RBIs.
Jones trails only Cal Ripken, Jr. (431), Eddie Murray (343), Boog Powell (303) and Brooks Robinson (268) on the Orioles’ all-time home run list.
“They’re awesome,” Jones said. “I think when you’re done playing and you have got time to reflect on it, it might mean a lot more. You get to reflect with your family and all that. Right now, I’m still riding the wave, so it’s cool that I’m notified of it. But I’m just riding the wave until it’s over with. Once it’s all said and done I think I can take a seat back and reflect on my time here in Baltimore.”
Davis ranks eighth on the team’s all-time list, trailing Brady Anderson (209) by nine homers for seventh place.