SEATTLE -- Adam Jones hit a two-run homer in the top of the 11th inning, and the Baltimore Orioles won their 15th straight extra-innings game with a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.
A night after the teams played an 18-inning marathon that lasted nearly 6 hours, with the Orioles winning, Jones, the one-time Mariners prospect, gave Baltimore a huge boost in its race to make the playoffs.
The Orioles moved into the top spot in the A.L. wild-card race after Oakland was handed a 6-2 loss in Detroit.
Even with New York sweeping a doubleheader from Toronto on Wednesday, the Orioles stayed just a half-game back in the A.L. East race.
According to the Orioles, with information from the Elias Sports Bureau, the 15 straight extra-inning wins is the longest streak since the Cleveland Indians won 17 straight in 1949.
Lost in the extra inning drama were the performances of starting pitchers Joe Saunders and Felix Hernandez on a night both teams needed a break for their bullpens.
Hernandez perhaps re-ignited his A.L. Cy Young chances by throwing eight innings, giving up just one run, six hits and striking out eight.
Saunders was the perfect option for the Orioles to have on the mound considering his past success against the Mariners in Seattle. In his previous six starts at Safeco Field, Saunders was 6-0 with a 0.98 ERA. It was just the recipe Baltimore needed with a taxed bullpen that saw seven