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The Associated Press
  • Baltimore has won six straight games.
  • The Orioles lead the majors with 123 homers.
  • Baltimore has slugged 54 homers in June alone.

SAN DIEGO — Adam Jones and the Baltimore Orioles wore out Petco Park in a rare visit to the San Diego Padres' big downtown ballpark.

Jones hit a leadoff homer against his hometown team and Hyun Soo Kim and Chris Davis also homered for theOrioles, who beat the Padres 11-7 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory.

Baltimore's Adam Jones, right, celebrates with Manny Machado after a home run against the against the San Diego Padres in the first inning on Tuesday in San Diego.

The Orioles lead the majors with 123 homers, including 54 in June.

Baltimore would have had a fourth homer, but center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. leaped and reached over the fence to rob J.J. Hardy of a two-run shot in the second. Upton then doubled off Mark Trumbo at first.

Baltimore had plenty of hits that stayed in the yard, finishing with 17 total. Each regular had at least one. Davis, Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop each had three.

"Since spring training, the lineup from one to nine, anybody can do damage, everybody contributes," Schoop said. "One day, somebody's going to step up. It's fun. We play the game hard, we play the game right."

Davis passed Hall of Famer Frank Robinson for sole possession of ninth place on the Orioles' career home run list with 180. He and Machado had three hits apiece.

Kim drove in three runs, adding an RBI double in the seven-run sixth. Davis homered and doubled in the inning, Schoop had a two-run double and Machado hit a two-run single.

Jones, who went to San Diego's Morse High, hit an opposite-field homer to right, his 16th, on the second pitch from Erik Johnson. Kim also went to right field on his two-run homer in the fifth, his second. Davis drove reliever Carlos Villanueva's first pitch an estimated 417 feet to center leading off the sixth, his 19th.

Ubaldo Jimenez (5-7) beat the Padres in consecutive starts, holding them to one run and three hits in five innings, with five strikeouts and four walks. He won 7-2 against the Padres in Baltimore last Wednesday.

"He made a lot of good pitches," manager Buck Showalter said. "I thought he a had crisp fastball, had command of it. I liked the fact he got right back up there and got some outs after the leadoff home run. We'll take it."

Upton had a big game for the Padres. He homered an estimated 444 feet off the batter's eye in straightaway center field leading off the bottom of the first and had two defensive gems. The first was robbing Hardy of the home run, and the second was a sliding catch of Kim's sinking liner in the third.

Upton said his homer-robbing catch was "No. 1 for sure" on his list of big catches. "I've never really had an opportunity in center field. Honestly, that one I just kind of jumped for it. Kind of surprised it ended up in my glove. I knew I was close to it, but I mean, odds are you catch that are very slim, but I did it, so, cool."

Manager Andy Green said it was "one of the best catches I've ever seen from Upton. Kept the ball I the ballpark. That one I thought was gone. That one disappeared. I didn't realize he had caught it. It was a heck of a double play."

San Diego's Wil Myers hit a three-run homer off Oliver Drake in the seventh, his 18th. It was his 11th this month, the most ever by a Padres player in June.

Johnson (0-4) allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings, struck out two and walked none.


Padres: CF Jon Jay went on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 20, with a broken right forearm. To take his place on the roster, infielder-outfielder Alex Dickerson was recalled from Triple-A El Paso.


Orioles: RHP Yovani Gallardo (2-1, 6.04) is scheduled to start the series finale Wednesday afternoon.

Padres: LHP Christian Friedrich (4-2, 3.60) is scheduled to make his ninth start of the season.