5/16/2012 11:16:18 PM
The Orioles improved to 5-0 in extra inning games on the road this season.
"Fifteen innings? That's a long game, man," said Jones. "But it starts with
our pitchers. They give us the opportunity."
J.J. Hardy added three hits with an RBI and Wilson Betemit homered for the
Orioles, who have won two in a row and four of six.
Kevin Gregg (1-1) tossed a scoreless 14th frame for the win, and Jim Johnson
locked it down in the bottom of the 15th for his 13th save.
Humberto Quintero hit a two-run single for the Royals, whose four-game win
streak came to an end.
Nathan Adcock (0-1) took the loss after serving up the deciding blast. It
wiped out a stellar performance over five relief frames.
Jones put the visitors ahead to stay by belting Adcock's one-out offering into
the seats in left.
Johnson allowed a two-out single to Johnny Giavotella but induced a game-
ending grounder to second from Alex Gordon.
"Who wins those (games) is usually someone who makes an error or someone who
hits one out," said Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur. "You can't say enough
about the job that (Nate) Adcock did to give us those innings, quick ground
ball outs and everything. We couldn't muster up anything either."
The Royals broke through in the fifth. Francoeur doubled to start, Alcides
Escobar was plunked with one out, both moved up on a Chris Getz grounder and
Quintero's base hit brought both in.
In the eighth, Hardy doubled off Kelvin Herrera and Nick Markakis followed
with an RBI double to get the O's within one.
Kansas City gave itself some breathing room in the home half as Billy Butler
singled with two down and pinch-runner Mitch Maier came around to score on a
But the O's kept things going with a two-run ninth. Betemit hit a one-out solo
homer and Chris Davis followed with a single. Royals closer Jonathan Broxton
bore down and got Rob Andino to fly out, but Xavier Avery singled to put men
on first and second and Hardy plated pinch-runner Ryan Flaherty with the tying
Neither team put together a serious threat through the 14th, though Baltimore
left a runner at second in both the 12th and 13th innings.
Baltimore has won five of its last seven matchups with KC...Wednesday's
contest marked the longest game between the two clubs since June 15, 1996 when
the Royals topped the Orioles by a 7-6 count in 16 innings at Kansas
City...O's starter Tommy Hunter allowed seven hits and two runs over seven
innings, while his Royals counterpart Felipe Paulino tossed seven scoreless
frames, scattering five hits and fanning nine...Earlier Wednesday, former
Orioles pitcher Kevin Hickey passed away at the age of 56.