- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Orioles hit four homers and Adam Jones went 3-4 with an RBI to top the Tampa Bay Rays 11-5 Sunday in Baltimore’s last home game before Tuesday’s MLB trade deadline.

Jones, who has been the subject of trade rumors, is likely to remain with the Orioles, according to team officials.

When asked if he wants to play for the Orioles long-term, Jones simply said, “We shall see.”

Orioles general manager Dan Duquette was asked after the game about Jones.

“We would expect Adam will be with us after the trade deadline,” said Duquette.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the trade rumors haven’t affected Jones’ play on the field.

 “There’s always a lot going on with Adam, in a good way. He’s so mentally strong and there’s not a lot of challenges thrown at him. Like I told you about Manny (Machado), he kind of feeds off it,” said Showalter. “He doesn’t want to feel too comfortable, he likes the edge that stuff like that gives him.”

Orioles starter Dylan Bundy (7-9) earned his first win in the month of July, giving up three runs, all solo homers, in seven innings of work.

“He had a good slider,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “He is good. If you catch him at the wrong time (he) can dominate.”

Jones has a hit in each of his last nine games and is hitting .417 during that stretch.

“He plays every day. He wants to be out there and help his team,” Cash said of Jones. “He plays the game hard.”

And what about the slide Jones made into second base in the first inning that led to a run as Tim Beckham scored on a fielder’s choice grounder by Mark Trumbo?

“That slide … that is how the game is supposed to be played,” Cash said. “He went straight in (to the bag). No harm, no foul. It is unfortunate (second baseman Daniel) Robertson got hurt” with a left ankle contusion and had to leave the game.

Orioles first basemen Chris Davis, who entered the game with a batting average of .155, hit two of the team’s home runs.

“Just a tough day out there. I came close. I had it, then I hit the wall and it just kind of ricocheted with my whole body and the ball just slipped out,” Tampa Bay center fielder Mallex Smith said of his near-catch on the Davis homer in the first inning.

Baltimore began Sunday with the lowest batting average in the American League at .233, but got hot over the weekend. From Friday to Sunday, the Orioles scored 37 runs — the most in a three-game stretch all year.

The stretch was the first time all year they’ve had 10 or more runs in three straight games.

Jonathan Schoop hit his 17th homer on the year, a three-run shot in the seventh to make it 9-3, securing the Orioles 20th home win.

The Orioles got off to a strong start scoring three runs in the first.

C.J. Cron gave the Rays their first score of the day with a homer to cut the lead 3-1, then followed with another homer at the top of the fourth, his 22nd of the year, to cut the lead to 4-2.

Rookie catcher Austin Wynns hit his second career home run at the top of the fourth, giving the Orioles a 5-2 advantage.

Jace Peterson had an RBI single at the bottom of the fifth to give the Orioles a 6-2 edge.

Tampa Bay’s Jake Bauers hit a solo home run in the sixth to cut the lead to 6-3.


The Orioles are off Monday before a road date against the Yankees in New York on Tuesday.


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