Montero thrilled to get first career triple

Montero thrilled to get first career triple

SEATTLE -- Six-foot-three, 230-pound catcher Jesus Montero got his first career triple in the second inning of Wednesday's 8-3 win over the Orioles, though it was generously scored.

His long drive hit off the heel of Adam Jones' leather as the Gold Glove center fielder was on the warning track. Montero chugged to third and scored a few pitches later on Michael Saunders' sharp single.

After Saunders stole second, Kendrys Morales drove him home with a single under a backhand-glove stab by Baltimore second baseman Ryan Flaherty, and Seattle starter Aaron Harang had a 3-0 lead early.

"I missed the ball. Doesn't really matter if you misjudge it, you missed it," Jones said. "So, you make an excuse no one wants to listen to it. I missed it and cost my team. That inning turned out to be a pretty big inning. I need to clean my [stuff] up defensively. It's [very] frustrating."

Whatever. Montero wasn't about to place an asterisk next to the milestone triple.

"When I got to third base I was like 'Wow, I finally did it!'" he told Shannon Drayer of the Mariners Radio Network.

Gregg Bell is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.