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Adam Jones first since 2005 with five RBI, two steals in a game

Jul 20, 2014, 12:53 AM EDT

Adam Jones, Steve Pearce Adam Jones, Steve Pearce

It’s a very rare combination and one that was very profitable for those fortunate enough to own him in fantasy leagues; Adam Jones knocked in five runs and stole two bases Saturday in Baltimore’s 8-4 win over Oakland.

Jones had a three-run homer off Jason Hammel in the first inning and then a two-run single in the fourth. Both times, he drove in Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce, the two guys hitting ahead of him in the Baltimore lineup. Those two reached base safely eight tiems in all.

Jones’ steals came after the single in the fourth and after he reached on a fielder’s choice in the seventh. It was just the third two-steal game of his career; he entered with a total of four steals this season.

That made Jones the first player since the Pirates’ Matt Lawton in 2005 to amass five RBI and two steals in the same game. Lawton did it in a 16-2 win over the Diamondbacks. Carlos Guillen is the other player to accomplish it since 2000, driving in six (without the benefit of a homer) and stealing two bases for the Tigers in an 11-10 defeat of the Mariners in 2004.

In all, 23 players since 1914 have had five RBI and two steals in a game. Rogers Hornsby, Mickey Mantle, Mickey Cochrane and Gary Sheffield are some other famous names to pull it off. Oddly enough, Dante Bichette did it twice two years apart for the Rockies. Both games were against San Diego: a 12-7 win on June 27, 1994 and an 8-5 victory on July 11, 1996.

  1. historiophiliac - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Ribs!

  2. gbrglax - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    Popeye’s

  3. Eutaw's Finest - Jul 20, 2014 at 6:24 AM

    Great game by Jonesie and really all of the lineup but the guy who impressed me MOST? Chris Davis. 2 hit night with a solo shot and 2 RBI but what impressed me the most was the fact that he beat the shift again and has been doing it as of late, which shows he is finally making the adjustments. If he can keep doing this and get the defense out of the shift? He stands a great chance at improving his numbers in the second half, something the orioles really need from him.

  4. scoobies05 - Jul 20, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    great post eutaw. in order for us to keep this up. Davis, hardy, and Manny all need to really start producing. so far so good

  5. primantibrothersgavemefoodpoisoning - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Great player. If he stays healthy he’s on his way to a Hall of Fame career.

    • sfp311 - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      He is no doubt a great player, but HOFer.. I dunno. With that K/BB ratio I’m not sure how gracefully he will age. Has all the tools though, just maybe not patience.

    • ptfu - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      Apropos of nothing…Adam Jones’ #2 and #3 similarity scores (through age 27) on bb-ref are Andre Dawson and Dave Winfield. And his #1 is Reggie Smith, an underrated star with a not-totally-absurd case for the HOF. All those guys had better plate discipline than Jones, even Dawson (who was not known for patience). But hey, stranger things have happened.

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