"I really just wanted to get it out of the way and get comfortable," Jones said before the Mariners game on Wednesday against the Yankees. "Now I've got that out of the way, my confidence has increased more."
Jones -- who had gone hitless in his first 12 at-bats -- picked up his first hit in the seventh inning off New York starter Sidney Ponson when he went down and knocked a fastball up the middle. That was the last batter Ponson faced.
The Mariners had the ball taken out of play and saved for Jones, who said he would give it to his mother when the team returns home late Wednesday.
Jones' second hit came in the ninth inning against Kris Wilson, when Jones flipped his bat out on a slider down, sending it to center field.
"[New York shortstop Derek] Jeter came up and said congratulations," Jones said. "That kind of stuff means a lot to me. After that I was like, I can play with these boys."
Even though Jones hadn't got a hit before Tuesday, Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said the at-bats Jones was having up to that point were still productive.
"He has really had good at-bats," Hargrove said. "He's made contact and if you can make contact, you've got a chance."
Dialed-in: Two games after allowing his first run since June 28, Seattle reliever George Sherrill was impressive in Tuesday's loss when he struck out the only two hitters he faced in relief of Joel Pineiro.
Sherrill came into the game in the seventh inning after Nick Green doubled off Pineiro.
The Yankees pinch-hit Jorge Posada for Kelly Stinnett, which meant Posada -- a switch hitter -- hit from the right-hand side, his weaker side, against the left-hander Sherrill.
"It's 4-2, and I think what we were trying to do was get him to the right side where he doesn't have that short porch [in right field]," Sherrill said. "It seems like popups get out there."
Sherrill ended up striking out Posada on a fastball and then had to face the always-pesky Johnny Damon.
"He battled the count and I threw him a 3-2 slider that I got him to chase," Sherrill said of his strikeout of Damon. "The one I threw before the slider was a fastball and, [pitching coach Rafael Chaves] said he was looking for a slider. That was a good battle."
Sherrill has appeared in four of the Mariners first five games after the All-Star break and said he feels comfortable with his command.
"I've been throwing a lot lately," he said. "I'm just working on throwing every pitch like it was my last. That's been my approach. We'll see how that works out."
Bad feelings: Hargrove has been around the game long enough to know there will always be calls made by umpires he doesn't agree with. He's usually good at making peace with himself eventually regarding those calls.
That said, Hargrove was having trouble Wednesday letting go of the call made by first base umpire Mike Reilly in the ninth inning of what became a 5-4 loss in 11 innings to the Yankees.
Hargrove was ejected after arguing a play at first base with one out where it appeared that Lopez threw out Posada at first base after making a sliding stop in short right field.
Television replays showed that Posada was out. That would have been the second out of the inning, meaning Johnny Damon's fly ball for a game-tying sacrifice fly would have been the last out of the game.
"I'm usually good about letting things go, but this has got me around the throat," Hargrove said. "I watched it about three times last night ... he was out and they called him safe every time. He [Reilly] had the best seat in the house to make the call and he still didn't get it right."
Mariners log: Hargrove initially hinted on Tuesday that Willie Bloomquist might start at shortstop on Wednesday for Yuniesky Betancourt. Hargrove has said he'll make an effort to give Betancourt and second baseman Jose Lopez time off in the second half. But Hargrove opted to stick with Betancourt against Yankees left-hander Randy Johnson. "He is swinging the bat pretty good, so we will keep him in there," Hargrove said. Betancourt has an eight-game hitting streak and has two hits in each of his last three games. ... The Mariners have lost their last six games at Yankee Stadium. ... Prospect alert: On Sunday, Boston rookie left-hander Jon Lester (5-0, 2.38) pitches against the Mariners. Lester is a 2002 graduate of Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma and resides in Puyallup in the offseason. ... Nine of the Mariners last 13 losses have been by two runs or less. ... The Mariners announced Thursday that infielder Roberto Petagine -- who was designated for assignment on July 9 -- has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma. He'll report on Saturday.
On deck: The Mariners are off on Thursday. They open a three-game series at 7:05 p.m. PT on Friday at Safeco Field against the Boston Red Sox. Jamie Moyer (5-8, 3.75) starts for Seattle. The Red Sox will counter with Kyle Snyder (1-1, 10.03). FSN will televise.