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Jones' HR gives Millwood first victory of season

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San Diego Padres' Yorvit Torrealba, right, scores ahead of the tag of Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, left, during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 19, 2010 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy) San Diego Padres' Yorvit Torrealba, right, scores ahead of the tag of Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, left, during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 19, 2010 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Baltimore Orioles' Nick Markakis follows through on a double hit during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Saturday, June 19, 2010 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy) Baltimore Orioles' Nick Markakis follows through on a double hit during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Saturday, June 19, 2010 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
San Diego Padres pitcher Clayton Richard delivers a pitch during the second inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, June 19, 2010 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy) San Diego Padres pitcher Clayton Richard delivers a pitch during the second inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, June 19, 2010 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Adam Jones hit a two-run home run that gave Kevin Millwood his first victory of the season as the Baltimore Orioles held on to beat the NL West-leading San Diego Padres 5-4 on Saturday night.

Millwood (1-8) snapped an eight-game losing streak, the longest of his career. He had lost each of his previous four starts for the Orioles, who at 19-49 have the worst record in the major leagues.

Alfredo Simon had to dodge trouble to get his seventh save in eight chances. Opening the ninth, he promptly put on the first two Padres batters, walking Jerry Hairston Jr. and allowing a double to Tony Gwynn Jr. Simon went to his third straight full count, against Oscar Salazar, who brought in Hairston with a groundout to third. David Eckstein grounded to shortstop and struck out Chase Headley.

Millwood improved to 7-1 against San Diego in 15 career starts, with a 3.05 ERA. He's won six straight against the Padres, who have lost four of six.

Millwood had another rough first inning, allowing three runs, but then settled down. He has allowed 18 runs total in the first inning of his last six starts after not allowing a first-inning run in his first nine starts.

Jones, who graduated from San Diego's Morse High, gave the Orioles a 5-3 lead with his homer into the second deck in left field on a 1-1 pitch from Clayton Richard with one out in the sixth, his ninth. Ty Wigginton, who also grew up in the San Diego area, was aboard on a leadoff walk.

Millwood allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out five and walked two.

He fell behind 3-0 in the first after allowing three hits and two walks, all with two outs. He could have gotten out of the inning unscathed but the Orioles failed to retire Scott Hairston even though he got caught in a rundown between second and third.

Adrian Gonzalez walked and Hairston singled before Yorvit Torrealba singled. Gonzalez took a big turn at third but was held up, and Hairston came more than halfway to third. Hairston was caught in a rundown but slid safely into second base after Wigginton, who had run over from first base, missed the tag. Millwood then walked Will Venable to force in Gonzalez, and Jerry Hairston Jr. hit a two-run single for a 3-1 lead.

The Orioles tied it in the third on Nick Markakis' RBI double and Luke Scott's RBI single. Markakis also had a sacrifice fly in the first to bring in leadoff batter Julio Lugo, who reached on a two-base throwing error by Hairston Jr., the shortstop.

Gwynn, the Padres' center fielder, threw out pinch-runner Corey Patterson trying to score from second on Jones' single.

Richard (4-4) allowed four earned runs on a season-high eight hits in six innings, struck out five and walked one.

NOTES: In Sunday's series finale, Jake Arrieta will try to become the first player in Orioles history to win his first three big league starts. ... Former umpire Doug Harvey, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 25, was honored by the Padres before the game. He also dropped by the umpires room to chat with the crew. "Other than the scabs, there's not an umpire I don't love," he said. "We're in a brotherhood, a very unique brotherhood." ... Local resident Willie O'Ree, who broke the NHL color barrier with the Boston Bruins, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

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