Adam Jones keeps Orioles in playoff hunt with record-breaking HR

Lost in the chaos of the crowded American League East is an Orioles team quietly placing themselves in position to eek their way into the postseason.Adam Jones did his part Monday in a 7-6 win over the Mariners a big win the AL wild-card chase by launching a fifth-inning home run.The 419-foot blast was Jones’25th home run of the season, which marks the seventh consecutive season in which he’s hit at least 25 home runs, breaking a tie with Cal Ripken Jr. for most in Orioles history.Despite the win, Baltimore still trailsthe Twins by 1 1/2 games for the final AL wild-card spot. But Manny Machado recorded three more hits Monday, Jarrod Dyson Jersey moving his season average up to .267 after hitting just .216 through June.With Machado heating up, and Jones providing power, Baltimore’s lineup looks back at its best. Still, the Orioles are just one of six teams within three games of the Twins for the final AL wild-card spot, so they have plenty of competition moving forward.With the Red Sox and Yankees looking a bit lackluster recently, Baltimore may have a le s challenging https://www.diamondbacksedges.com/arizona-diamondbacks/zack-greinke-jersey schedule than normal. The Orioles play every team in their division at least once before the regular season ends, so the AL East should provide plenty of drama over the next month.Studs of the Night:Jose Ramirez and Corey Kluber led the Indians to a 6-2 win over the Yankees. Ramirez clubbed two solo home runs (20) with a walk and a stolen base. Kluber, an AL Cy Young award candidate, allowed just two runs off of three hits and seven strikeouts in eight innings to improve to 13-4 with a 2.63 ERA.Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez went 4 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs in a 6-5 win over the Blue Jays.Nationals ace Max Scherzer and outfielder Jayson Werth were both activated from the DL Monday, and they made their presences felt right away in an 11-2 win over the Marlins. Scherzer allowed just one run in seven innings with 10 strikeouts, while Werth collected two hits, two runs, a home run and two RBIs.Duds of the Night:The Royals: Once a playoff contender, the Royals are now in shambles after extending their scorele s streak to 43 innings in a 12-0 lo s against the Rays. After failing to score a single run in last weekend’s series against the Indians, Monday’s result might have signaled a need to pre s the panic button in Kansas City.The Royals are now just five innings shy of breaking the MLB record for longest scorele s streak.Highlight:Kevin Pillar is simply amazing:Superman at it again, WOW. pic.twitter.com/UCf1LU8wNE MLB (@MLB) August 29, 2017What’s Next:Rangers (64-66) at Astros (79-51) 7:10 p.m. ET from Tropicana Field While Texas is desperately clinging to hope https://www.diamondbacksedges.com/arizona-diamondbacks/randy-johnson-jersey of stealing a late postseason bid, Houston already has one eye on the playoffs. Of course, the two teams will be playing with heavy hearts and uneasy minds after the devastation hurricane Harvey inflicted on the state of Texas.