MLB: Baltimore 3, Seattle 1 (11 inn.)

Sept. 20, 2012 at 1:40 AM

SEATTLE, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Adam Jones hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning Wednesday, lifting Baltimore to a crucial 3-1 victory over Seattle.

The decision kept the Orioles within a half game of the New York Yankees for the lead in the American League East. Baltimore also took over the best wild card record in the league by a half game over Oakland.

It had been a 1-1 game since the fourth inning when Nate McLouth singled with one out in the 11th off Josh Kinney (0-3), who has made 86 relief appearances in a career that began in 2006 and has only one win to show for it.

Jones followed McLouth to the plate and hit a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left.

That gave the win to Luis Ayala (5-4), who retired the final batter in the 10th inning. Jim Johnson worked the 11th inning and gave up two hits and a walk. He was helped out, however, by a double play and a caught stealing while picking up his 45th save.

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