BALTIMORE -- Adam Jones was stuck in a 0-for-18 slump when he stepped into the batter's box in the 12th inning of a tie game against the Phillies on Saturday. He ended the slide in a big way.
Jones hit a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Baltimore Orioles a 6-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.
The Baltimore center fielder has been the team's top offensive weapon this year. He had a 20-game hitting streak earlier this season and now has 17 homers.
"Getting a little frustrated there, but one thing I'm not going to do is stop swinging the bat," Jones said. "(Manager Buck Showalter) hits me fourth for a reason, and I'm glad I was able to come through for my team."
Chris Davis started the game-winning rally with a leadoff walk in the 12th against B.J. Rosenberg (0-1), who was making his major league debut. Jones then launched a blast to left-center on a 0-1 pitch and gave the Orioles (33-26) their eighth consecutive win in extra innings.
"If we don't win it in nine, hopefully we can win it in 12, 15 or 17," Jones said. "We'll stay here and play 25. As long as we get the W, I don't care."
Baltimore's bullpen helped by giving up just one run in five innings. Luis Ayala (2-1) got the win with a scoreless 12th.
"This is a team that obviously has a great pedigree and to be able to beat them in that situation, we were fortunate," Showalter said. "It's a good win for us."
The Orioles recalled Tommy Hunter before the game to make the start, but the right-hander again had problems giving up homers. He allowed three home runs in his seven-inning effort, but they were all solo shots.
"Those were frustrating," Hunter said. "I've given up a few. Jim Thome's got 690 million home runs in his careers. They weren't very good pitches. They didn't miss them."
But Hunter still lasted the seven innings and gave up only those three runs, keeping the Orioles in the game.
Jimmy Rollins gave the Phillies (29-32) a 1-0 lead with a one-out homer off Hunter in the fourth. The Orioles tied it on a Davis' RBI ground-out in the bottom of that inning.
Thome hit his first homer of the season in the fifth, a solo shot to give Philadelphia a 2-1 edge. But the Phillies then helped the Orioles score twice in the bottom half of the inning, making three errors as Baltimore took a 3-2 lead.
"We made some mistakes and they cost us," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We got real sloppy ... and our mistakes definitely hurt us."
Ryan Flaherty had an RBI single for the Orioles, but errors by Rollins at short, second baseman Mike Fontenot and pitcher Vance Worley helped give Baltimore two other runs. The errors ruined a strong effort from Worley, who gave up three runs on just five hits in six innings.
The Phillies tied the game (3-3) with their third solo homer moments later on Hector Luna's shot to left, leading off the fifth.
The Orioles took a 4-3 lead in the seventh when Matt Wieters lined an RBI single off Jake Diekman.
Philadelphia came right back to tie at 4-4 in the eighth when Thome got an RBI single against reliever Pedro Strop, helping to send the game into extra innings. Thome has five hits in this series.
NOTES: The Phillies selected the contract of right-handed pitcher B.J. Rosenberg from Class AAA Lehigh Valley. Rosenberg will replace left-hander Raul Valdes, whom the Phillies optioned back to Lehigh Valley. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said after Friday's game that they liked what they saw from Valdes (2.13 ERA) and they weren't unhappy with him. It was just a move they needed to make. Rosenberg was a 13th round pick of the Phillies in 2008 draft. ... Thome's home run gave him 60 in his career during interleague games. He's the all-time home run leader in major league baseball in interleague play during his career. ... The Phllies entered the game as the second-best fielding team in the National League, but they made those three errors that helped the Orioles score twice in the bottom of the fourth. ... Baltimore called up Hunter to start in Saturday's game. In addition, the Orioles sent down right-hander Miguel Gonzalez and put Jake Arrieta into the bullpen. Arrieta has lost six in a row, and the Orioles thought about sending him down, but felt this was the best scenario for all concerned. ... Orioles first baseman Nick Johnson got an assist and a put-out on the same play, something a little unusual, in the sixth inning. Thome hit a shot that bounced off of Johnson and right to second baseman Robert Andino. He then threw to Johnson for the out. ... The Orioles turned four inning-ending double plays--doing it in the first, fourth, eighth and ninth.