The Juice: Adam Jones beats Mariano Rivera with two-run homer

David Brown
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It wasn't a three-run home run like Earl Weaver would have ordered, but Adam Jones clobbered a wayward pitch from Mariano Rivera for a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the ninth in a 2-1 victory for the Baltimore Orioles. Jones' 16th homer prevented a sweep and halted a six-game winning streak for the New York Yankees. Via the Associated Press:

''It's off the greatest closer in the history of the game,'' Jones said. ''I'll always remember it.''

Imperfect man: With one out in the ninth, Nick Markakis almost went deep for a tying home run, but it hooked foul. He followed up with a sharp single, setting the stage for Jones. It was the second blown save in 31 chances for Rivera, who is on a farewell tour at age 43. He also had converted 41 straight at home, going back to Sept. 26, 2010 against the Red Sox. The Yankees fell to 40-2 when leading after eight innings.

You gotta see this play: by Manny Machado.

Muh-muh-muh-muh-muh, my Kuroda: Pitching three-hit ball over seven innings, Hiroki Kuroda was strong in his return to the rotation after being skipped two days because of a strained hip flexor.


Angels 3, Red Sox 0: Another swell outing for John Lackey, but Jered Weaver and three relievers combined on a five-hitter. Mike Trout his his 15th homer.

Phillies 7, Braves 3: All-Star Domonic Brown hit a homer and a triple, and that Kris Medlen kid got roughed up for Atlanta.

Nationals 11, Padres 7: Grand slam for Invader Zim, and nine K's for Stephen Strasburg. Bryce Harper had two stolen bases, so that knee must be OK. The Nats are only four games behind the Braves in the NL East.

Mets 2, Brewers 1: It looks like Jeremy Hefner doesn't have to worry about losing his job at a moment's notice anymore. That's four straight quality starts, if you're into those.

Cardinals 3, Marlins 2: Lance Lynn was a tad better than All-Star Jose Fernandez. Hey, look out! Carlos Beltran is stealing home!

Cubs 4, Pirates 3 (11 inn.): Cubs take two of three, and Pittsburgh has lost three of four overall. I'm sure it's nothing, but the Cubs have messed with the Pirates the past two seasons, and it's coincided with big slides.

Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 1: Three-game sweep for Arizona, which allowed a grand total of two runs in the set. The Rox are not contenders.

Mariners 3, Reds 1: Behind Joe Saunders allowing a run and six hits over seven, the M's take two of three in the only interleague play happening.

Indians 9, Tigers 6: After losing a five-run lead, the Tribe went ahead for good with a two-run homer by Michael Brantley in the eighth. Tigers had a five-game winning streak coming in.

Blue Jays 11, Twins 5: Todd Redmond did well enough for the Jays in a spot start.

Rays 3, White Sox 1: Whatever was wrong, they fixed David Price while he was away.

Athletics 10, Royals 4: The A's had 15 hits and Eric Sogard hit his first home run in 260 at-bats, since April 27, 2012.

Dodgers 4, Giants 1: A three-run double by A.J. Ellis in the ninth against Sergio Romo was the deciding moment. Made a winner out of Clayton Kershaw, who dueled for a while with Chad Gaudin. Also, Yasiel Puig did this:

Rangers 5, Astros 4: A big day for A.J. Pierzynski, who hit a three-run homer, and a go-ahead single for Nelson Cruz keyed the All-Texas rubber match. Also: A scoreless inning for Joakim Soria, his first big-league outing in nearly two years because of elbow reconstruction, was a treat.

"Anytime something is taken away from you, sometimes it'll make you think differently in a sense. Never been injured before. Having to watch major league games, knowing that he wants to be out there. There's a lot of things that I think are motivationally speaking that are present during that time. I think that re-motivates you in some way, and he's definitely channeled it properly to this point."

— Rays manager Joe Maddon on David Price

This is Ace, the bomb-sniffing dog, loading up a spitter at Rogers Centre on Sunday.

• Before getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes, B.J. Upton went 0 for 2 with a strikeout, dropping his batting average to .175 with 96 K's in 263 at-bats.

• Yasiel Puig went 2 for 4 with his fifth stolen base. He also did a bat flip on a single to shallow left, which started the Dodgers rally against Romo but, c'mon.

• Rivera was trying to reach 30 saves for the 15th season.

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