Jones isn't celebrating 3 RBIs against Twins

O's outfielder happy with win, but is looking for his next good swing

Jones isn't celebrating 3 RBIs against Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Perhaps Tuesday night will be remembered as the game Adam Jones turned the corner.

Jones, who entered batting .200 with one homer and nine RBIs, homered and drove in the go-ahead runs on a two-run single with two out in the ninth inning of a 5-3 win over the Twins at Target Field.

"Bus leaves and John Russell and I were here, and you hear this thump down in the cage. Adam's here last night after everybody left," manager Buck Showalter said. "He doesn't like to, he wants to be as good as he's capable of. And that's a feel-good. He's got a great way about him, not taking himself too seriously, but you know it's kinda been grinding on him. He really cares. I've said many times, we are not going to get everyone clicking [at once]. But Adam and Chris [Davis], they get to a point where they get real quiet and get even, so to speak."

Jones, who missed six games last month due to rib cage soreness, got things going with a solo homer in the fifth off Twins starter Jose Berrios. He followed Manny Machado's blast, completing the club's fifth back-to-backer this season and giving Jones his first homer since April 16.

"As good as Manny is swinging, you get a little ooh and ah from Manny. That was a lot of frustration out in one swing," Showalter said of the 453-foot blast, according to Statcast™. "That was a lot of pent-up [frustration], I can tell you that."

Jones' go-ahead single

Jones came up big again in the top of the ninth, after Kevin Jespen pitched around Machado in a 2-2 tie. Jones sent a 2-2 fastball into left field that deflected off Oswaldo Arcia to center fielder Danny Santana, scoring Joey Rickard and Machado to give the O's back the lead.

The two-run single gave Jones his first three-RBI game of the season and just his third game with more than one run driven in. Still, the All-Star said he has a team-first mentality and wasn't overly excited about Tuesday's performance.

"Another run for the team," Jones said. "Go out there and support your pitcher. the game continues to go, it continues to go. You can't go caught up on every single thing that happens. A good swing, finally was able to help out the team. Now do it tomorrow."

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.