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Jones’ HR In 12th Lifts Orioles Over Phillies

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Adam Jones hit a two-run homer in the 12th and the Baltimore Orioles won their eighth straight extra-inning game, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 Saturday and spoiling B.J. Rosenberg’s major league debut.

Jones ended a season-worst 0-for-18 slump with a single in the ninth, then launched a drive over the outstretched glove of center fielder Shane Victorino.

Chris Davis drew a leadoff walk in the 12th from Rosenberg (0-1) and Jones followed with his 17th home run, and the second game-ending drive of his career. The Orioles won for only the fourth time in 13 games.

Jim Thome, Jimmy Rollins and Hector Luna hit solo home runs for the Phillies, who have lost seven of eight. Hunter Pence added four hits for the Philadelphia.

Luis Ayala (2-1) pitched one inning for the win. Rosenberg, called up from Triple-A earlier in the day, worked a perfect 11th before Jones tagged him.

The Orioles helped themselves by turning a season-high four double plays and making several sparkling catches. Philadelphia made three errors in a single inning and bobbled a few other balls.

The crowd of 46,611 marked the first sellout of the season at Camden Yards since Opening Day. The ballpark was evenly split between Orioles and Phillies boosters, keeping things lively all afternoon.

With fans in orange and red on their feet and hollering on every pitch in the eighth, Thome’s RBI single to center made it 4-all. The slugging DH got high-fives and huge pats on the back in the dugout after being lifted for a pinch runner.

Orioles reliever Pedro Strop limited the damage by getting Ty Wigginton to ground into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.

Matt Wieters had put Baltimore ahead 4-3 in the seventh with an RBI single. That came shortly after Davis’ fly to shallow right bounced out of second baseman Mike Fontenot’s glove for a single.

The Phillies had no trouble hitting the ball out of the park. Getting the ball to stick in their mitts was more difficult.

In the fourth inning alone, Philadelphia committed three errors — Rollins mishandled a grounder to shortstop, pitcher Vance Worley bounced a throw and Fontenot misplayed a line drive.

Those miscues gave the Orioles two runs and a 3-2 lead. Davis had an RBI grounder in the third, set up when Endy Chavez singled off Fontenot’s glove.

Rollins, the only Phillies starter without a hit the previous day, lined a shot over the right field wall in the third.

Thome hit his 605th career home run on the first pitch of the fourth — it also was his 60th in interleague play, most in the majors. He came off the disabled list earlier in the week, then got three hits and his first RBI of the season Friday night.

Luna hit a leadoff homer in the fifth that made it 3-all. All three Phillies homers came against Tommy Hunter, who was promoted from Triple-A to make this start and lasted seven innings.

NOTES: The Orioles are 8-2 overall in extra innings. Their eight-game winning streak in extra matches the longest in team history, the Orioles said in citing the Elias Sports Bureau. Philadelphia is 2-5 in extras. The last time three different Philadelphia players made errors in the same inning was June 13, 2009, against Boston when Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino made mistakes, STATS LLC said. Phillies LHP Cliff Lee tries again for his first win of the season when he starts Sunday vs. RHP Jason Hammel. Lee is 0-3 in nine starts despite a 2.92 ERA. Hunter is 0-2 in his last seven starts. That span includes games the Orioles won in 17 innings and 15 innings. Orioles LF Steve Pearce diving catches in the 11th and 12th. Baltimore reliever Darren O’Day speared Juan Pierre’s liner in the 10th.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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