Baltimore Orioles defeat Atlanta Braves, 8-4

FINALLY Adam Jones not only broke out of a 1-for-18 slump with his two-run, first-inning homer off Kenshin Kawakami, but he also ended the Orioles' homerless stretch for batters not named Luke Scott or Nolan Reimold.

The pair had hit the Orioles past 14 homers and every one of the team's long balls since May 26 before Jones blasted his 12th of the season.

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It appeared Orioles starter Rich Hill had gotten the second out of the fourth inning when Bar...

The Orioles had predicted for days that when the offensive breakout finally came, it would be swift and powerful. There would be timely hitting, aggressive base running and patient at-bats.

The bottom of the seventh inning had all those elements Saturday night, but the most pleasant sight was the reappearance of an Orioles offense that had been in a deep slumber.

Trailing by two runs and having already bungled several scoring chances, the Orioles scored six times in ...

In the midst of a horrible offensive slump that has sent the Orioles into a tailspin, the question hangs in the air like another soft fly ball with men in scoring position.

Who will lead them out of this funk?

The answer, unfortunately, might be no one.

There is no natural leader in the Orioles' clubhouse - no one to organize a players-only meeting or call a teammate out for failing to run hard or remain focused.

Brian Roberts? He's not the in-your-face type, a...