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Jones ascends to 5th on O's all-time hits list

Center fielder goes 2-for-4 in opener against Mariners
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SEATTLE -- With hits Nos. 1,574 and 1,575 during Monday night's 11-3 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field, Adam Jones moved past Boog Powell for the fifth-most hits in Orioles franchise history.

"Cool's a word, but I think it's more of a reminder," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "When you talk about all these other great Baltimore players, Adam's name is mentioned in here, too. He could have played in any era, and that's a great compliment."

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SEATTLE -- With hits Nos. 1,574 and 1,575 during Monday night's 11-3 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field, Adam Jones moved past Boog Powell for the fifth-most hits in Orioles franchise history.

"Cool's a word, but I think it's more of a reminder," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "When you talk about all these other great Baltimore players, Adam's name is mentioned in here, too. He could have played in any era, and that's a great compliment."

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Jones tied Powell with a deep single to left field in the second inning, and he surpassed him with a double roped into the right-field corner in the fifth. The O's center fielder finished the game 2-for-4.

Next up on the list for Jones to catch is former outfielder Brady Anderson, who is 39 hits above Jones at 1,614.

Jones went 2-for-4 against the Mariners, the team he broke into the Majors with, on Monday to continue a strong August. In the first 14 games of the month, Jones is hitting .316 with three home runs and 10 RBIs.

Passing Powell -- who still has a presence at Camden Yards, with his attendance at many games and BBQ stand in right-center field at the ballpark named "Boog's BBQ" -- is meaningful for Jones.

"Cool part about Boog is that I get to see him a lot," Jones said. "He's always around. … He told me a long time ago, 'To hit the ball out of the park, son, you got to stop eating boloney and turkey. Get some of this beef.' He's just a good guy. Always been around since I've been here."

While his hitting helped him reach that milestone, Jones showed off more than just his bat on Monday night. In the fifth inning, he threw out speedy Mariners outfielder Jarrod Dyson attempting to tag up from first to second base on a fly ball from right-center field.

Video: BAL@SEA: Jones unleashes strong throw to nab Dyson

"Adam made a big play throwing the guy out at second, believe it or not, because there was some momentum working in that inning," Showalter said. "They [have] such an lethal lineup, that's how quickly things can evaporate. Especially on the road."

Collecting that many hits is typically perceived as an individual accomplishment, but that's not how Jones is looking at it.

"You play along time, you stay healthy, your teammates push you, things happen," Jones said. "It's obviously an individual award, but it's something my team should share because they push me every day."

Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle.

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