Adam Jones has tried to lift the short-handed Baltimore Orioles with his red-hot start but will next face a pitcher who has confounded him in recent seasons in Rick Porcello.
The Boston Red Sox right-hander will seek another successful performance against Jones and the Orioles on Sunday.
Jones went 3 for 5 and scored a run in a 4-1 victory Saturday at Fenway Park to bump his average to .415 thus far. He's batted .533 (16 for 30) with four homers, nine RBIs and 10 runs scored in his last eight, and contributed to three wins in Baltimore's past four games.
The Orioles (6-5) could use more such efforts with Matt Wieters (elbow), J.J. Hardy (shoulder), Jonathan Schoop (knee) and Paul Janish (elbow) on the disabled list. Schoop partially tore one ligament in his right knee and sprained another when tripped over first base in a 3-2 loss in Friday's opener to this four-game series.
Jimmy Paredes went 2 for 5 with a double on Saturday in his return from the DL and Chris Davis provided a two-run homer as Baltimore evened its set against its AL East rival. The Orioles bullpen had its first scoreless performance this season in its 3 2-3 innings.
Porcello (1-1, 3.86 ERA) will try to get the Red Sox back in the win column while cooling off Jones and earning his third victory in as many starts against Baltimore. He had a 1.42 ERA in his two matchups last season while with Detroit after going 1-5 with a 5.14 ERA in his first seven meetings.
Jones has one single in his past 12 at-bats against Porcello and is 4 for 24 lifetime. That could make it challenging for the Orioles outfielder to add to his .386 average, four homers, five doubles and 13 RBIs in his last 17 games against Boston (7-4).
Porcello earned his first win with Boston on Monday, giving up four runs in eight innings in a 9-4 victory over Washington after yielding three runs in six in a 4-2 loss in Philadelphia on April 8.
"It was pretty special," Porcello told MLB's official website. "I'm not going to forget it."
Miguel Gonzalez (1-1, 1.42) will seek to win his second straight start after striking out a career-high 10 in a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday. He gave up one run for the second consecutive outing, beginning with a 2-0 loss at Tampa Bay on April 8, and walked one after issuing five to the Rays.
"He's a very competitive guy. I don't think anybody had a better physical offseason. Miguel came in this season wanting to pitch 200 innings," manager Buck Showalter said. "I don't think people quite give him the credit. He's pretty good. He's been solid for us. He's getting into that stage now where he's going to get some return for it for he and his family."
Gonzalez is 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA in six career starts against Boston. He took the lone loss in the most recent matchup Sept. 21, allowing three runs in 5 2-3 innings in a 3-2 defeat.
He'll have to watch out for Brock Holt in this outing. The Red Sox infielder is 11 for 18 in his last five games and batting .349 in his past 11 against Baltimore. He is 1 for 4 lifetime versus Gonzalez.