Correction: A previous correction of this article incorrectly said that Adam Jones joined Frank Robinson and Eddie Murray as the only Orioles to hit at least 25 home runs in three consecutive seasons. In fact, seven Orioles have homered 25 or more times in three or more seasons. In addition to Jones, Robinson and Murray, they are Lee May, Rafael Palmeiro, Boog Powell and Cal Ripken Jr. This version has been corrected.
With the majority of their remaining schedule against teams in the American League playoff race, the Baltimore Orioles had an opportunity Sunday to take the rubber game of their series with the Colorado Rockies and put last week’s rough stretch completely behind them.
Behind two-run home runs from first baseman Chris Davis and center fielder Adam Jones, and a quality start from right-hander Scott Feldman, the Orioles defeated the Rockies, 7-2, before an announced 22,238 on a cool, overcast day at Camden Yards.
Jones gave the Orioles a 3-0 lead in the third inning with his 25th home run of the year. Davis ripped a two-out double down the right field line, and Jones followed with a shot into the Orioles’ bullpen on an 81-mph slider from right-hander Jhoulys Chacin.
Jones now has at least 25 home runs in three consecutive seasons, joining seven Orioles to accomplish that feat.
Colorado scored two runs in the seventh inning, ultimately knocking Feldman out of the game. Rockies designated hitter Todd Helton led off the seventh with a double and advanced to third on a flyball by third baseman Nolan Arenado before scoring on a double by right fielder Charlie Blackmon. Blackmon stole third, and then scored on a groundout to shortstop by catcher Yorvit Torrealba.
Feldman allowed the two runs, five hits and two walks while striking out three in 6 2 / 3 innings. It was his fourth quality start since coming to the Orioles in a July 2 trade with the Chicago Cubs and first since July 22.
Orioles relievers pitched 2 1 / 3 scoreless innings, with right-handers Tommy Hunter, Darren O’Day and Josh Stinson combining to allow three hits and one walk while striking out one.
Chacin had a solid outing, allowing three runs, nine hits and two walks (one intentional) while striking out five.
Brian Roberts’s single against Rockies left-hander Josh Outman in the bottom of the seventh gave the Orioles two insurance runs to push their lead to 5-2. Davis and Jones led off the inning with back-to-back singles.
Davis extended the Orioles’s lead to 7-2 in the bottom of the eighth with his 45th home run of the season. After a single by third baseman Manny Machado, Davis drove the first pitch he saw from right-hander Edgmer Escalona into the center field seats.
Entering Sunday, the Orioles (67-56) had scored only one run after the fifth inning in their previous four games. They added four in the late innings against the Rockies (58-67).
The Orioles had a chance to add on in the fifth when they loaded the bases with two outs after a single by Davis, double by Jones and intentional walk to Roberts, but shortstop Ryan Flaherty flied out to center field to end the threat.
The Rockies’ best chance to score before the seventh came in the sixth. Left fielder Corey Dickerson walked with one out and then advanced to third after two wild pitches by Feldman. But the right-hander stranded Dickerson, striking out shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and getting first baseman Michael Cuddyer to fly out to center field.
Colorado also stranded two runners in the fourth.
The Orioles struck first in the second when second baseman Alexi Casilla recorded his first RBI since July 6 on a single to right field. After singles by right fielder Nick Markakis and Roberts and a fielder’s choice by Flaherty put runners on first and third with two outs, Casilla hit a 1-2 pitch from Chacin over second baseman D.J. LeMahieu’s head.
— Baltimore Sun