Jones swipes home in O's double steal vs. Rays

Jones swipes home in O's double steal vs. Rays

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles are known for their power hitting and low stolen-base totals, but to tie the game with the Rays in the bottom of the first inning on Thursday night -- before going on to win, 5-4 -- the O's turned to some small ball.

With Adam Jones at third, Nelson Cruz at first and Chris Davis at the plate, Cruz started jogging to second base. Tampa Bay catcher Jose Molina fired a throw to shortstop Yunel Escobar, who was covering second. Cruz froze and turned back to first with Escobar giving chase.

That was Jones' cue, and the outfielder raced toward home. Escobar took a split second to realize what was happening, and his throw to the plate was dropped by Molina.

"It was something we had talked about with the defense that they play against Chris and the things that they can do and not do," manager Buck Showalter said. "It's a challenge for us, too. That's a difficult play to defend. There's a way to do it and really it's a little bit of a roll of the dice. We were fortunate."

Jones was credited with a steal of home. Cruz ended up on second with a stolen base of his own. The Orioles' double steal worked to perfection and tied an important division game.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli.David Wilson is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.