BALTIMORE — The second sellout crowd of the season filled Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Saturday afternoon, even though the seating bowl’s sea of red outnumbered the orange nearly two-to-one.
Philadelphia Phillies fans made the trek down I-95 en masse, taking over Baltimore’s home ballpark with more fervor than the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees brethren who come here for three series a year.
The teams played into the early evening, as the shadows crept over the stadium, until Adam Jones — who snapped an 0-for-18 slump in his previous at bat, gave the Orioles a 6-4, 12-inning win with a two-run walk-off homer in front of 46,611 at Camden Yards, giving the Orioles their eighth win in 10 extra-inning games.
With one on and no outs in the 12th, Jones blasted a B.J. Rosenberg pitch into the bullpen area in left-center field for his team-high 17th homer of the season, giving him his first homer since May 29.
Jones had an MRI exam on his right wrist Monday — it was negative — and was hit by a pitch on his left wrist in late May in Toronto.
“There’s no excuses coming out of my mouth,” Jones said. “I’m frustrated that I’m not hitting the ball like I am normally, but hey, it’s a humbling thing to get in a slump. It’s humbling. Trust me.”
Jones rewarded a bullpen that allowed just one run in five relief innings.
Orioles starter Tommy Hunter spent the past month trying to find himself – and that was pretty difficult considering he shuttled back and forth between Baltimore and Class AAA Norfolk.
With a hole in the Orioles starting rotation Saturday afternoon, they summoned Hunter from the minor leagues to pitch against the Phillies at Camden Yards. Hunter allowed three Phillies home runs, but they were all solo shots.
Hunter still turned in a quality start, allowing just three runs on eight hits over seven innings. He didn’t walk a batter.
— Baltimore Sun