Jones had extended the streak with two hits in four at-bats on Tuesday and headed into Wednesday's game hitting .422 with 10 RBIs during that span. The streak was also the longest active one in the National League until the Rangers stymied Jones' success in the second game of a three-game series.
Still, there's no question Jones has been the Pirates' most consistent producer this month. And it's probably no coincidence, either, that Jones started getting hot at the same time the Pirates solidified the top of their lineup by putting Jose Tabata, Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen just ahead of him in the order.
"I'm just trying not to do too much," Jones said. "I'm just really taking a line-drive approach [to] stay up the middle and not try to pull off the ball. I'm just feeling confident with myself right now."
Jones' overall numbers would look much better if it hadn't been for his slow start. After batting just .207 in April, Jones has hit .329 and driven in 23 in his past 38 games. His 45 RBIs and 10 home runs are both tops on the club, and his .353 June average heading into Wednesday ranked 10th best in the National League.