But instead, Jones and the red-hot
Buchholz pitched seven scoreless innings for the Red Sox, allowing three hits and striking out eight batters, including Jones once. He also issued four walks. Buchholz didn't allow an Orioles runner to reach third base.
Obviously, a 3-1 loss was not what Jones had in mind Sunday when he said the Orioles planned to spoil Opening Day in Boston.
"The more people, the more you want to shut them up. That’s how I look at it. I don’t care, they can stand up the whole game. They do anyway. But when you can silence 40,000 people, it’s pretty cool," Jones said after Sunday's loss to the
Jones went 1-for-4, but he did temporarily silence the crowd -- at least for a second or two -- when he started off the top of the ninth inning with a solo home run off Red Sox closer
The Orioles got the tying run to the plate with
Offense had not been an issue in the early going this season, as the Orioles averaged more than six runs per game in the first six games and had scored seven or more in three of them.
Jones has had a lot to do with the success. He leads the majors with his .500 batting average and his 10 runs lead the majors at the moment. He also had eight RBIs, which would seem more impressive if teammate
I know it’s early, but Jones is looking like he could be in the conversation for
That's why you don't mind him speaking up a little bit.
Besides, Jones and the Orioles will get two more chances to silence rowdy Red Sox fans at