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Thome hits 535th homer, ChiSox edge O's in second game

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BALTIMORE -- Jim Thome climbed another notch on the career home run list -- and prevented the Chicago White Sox from dropping out of first place in the AL Central.

Thome hit his 535th home run to gain sole possession of 15th place, and the White Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 on Monday night after losing the completion of a game suspended by rain.

The "split" enabled the White Sox to remain a half-game ahead of Minnesota heading into the Twins' late game at Seattle, which they lost in extra innings, which pushed Chicago's lead to one full game.

"Anytime you got a team like Minnesota that's right there (and) we're getting close to September, that kind of enhances it," Thome said.

Thome's 28th home run of the season gave the White Sox a 4-3 lead in the sixth. The drive, off Baltimore rookie Chris Waters, moved Chicago's designated hitter past Jimmie Foxx and put him within one of Mickey Mantle on baseball's home run chart.

"Very special," Thome said. "We've talked about it. Anytime you can tie or move ahead of the greats that played the game, it's very humbling. It's something you look back and feel very honored. You cherish that, for sure."

Earlier, Luis Montanez singled in the tiebreaking run in the 14th inning to give the Orioles a 4-3 victory in a game halted in Chicago after 11 innings on April 28.

With the score 3-3 in the finale of a four-game series in Chicago, play was stopped with the infield unplayable. It was the Orioles' final scheduled visit, so baseball officials ruled that the game would be completed in Baltimore -- with the White Sox playing the strange role of the home team at Camden Yards.

In the regularly scheduled game, White Sox rookie Clayton Richard (2-2) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings to outpitch Waters (2-1), who allowed four runs and five hits in seven innings but absorbed his first loss in the big leagues.

Bobby Jenks worked the ninth for his 26th save. Alexei Ramirez had half of Chicago's eight hits and scored twice.

"It's nice to win this one. It hard, after the first game. It gets you down," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We come back and played great baseball."

Chicago scored an unearned run in the first inning, then made it 2-0 in the fourth when Ken Griffey Jr. hit an RBI double after Waters issued a leadoff walk to Carlos Quentin.

Baltimore went up 3-2 in its half on run-scoring singles by Ramon Hernandez, Kevin Millar and Jay Payton, but the White Sox tied it in the fifth when Ramirez doubled and scored on a two-out balk.

Thome struck out twice against Waters before connecting in the sixth, his second home run in two games and eighth in August.

"Thome has been my favorite player since I was old enough to know about him with the Indians," Waters said. "It was good to get him out the two times, but I left a mistake right there for him the last one."

In the suspended game, both managers were allowed to insert newcomers into the lineup, but those removed from play were not allowed to return. Baltimore was forced to play without Aubrey Huff, who was ejected in the 10th inning in April for arguing a play at first base.

"The first game was kind of a weird deal," Thome said. "Our lineup has changed since the lineup was out there, so we were looking at the lineup card to see where we were all at. Unfortunately, we didn't pull it out."

Notes

  • Chicago activated 3B Joe Crede from the DL before the suspended game and he took his original place in the lineup.
  • Hernandez extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games.
  • After the game, the Orioles optioned RHP Kam Mickolio to Triple-A Norfolk and recalled LHP Brian Burres, who will start Tuesday against Chicago.
 
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After climbing another rung on the HR list, Jim Thome celebrates a victory with Carlos Quentin.  (AP)
After climbing another rung on the HR list, Jim Thome celebrates a victory with Carlos Quentin. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Ramirez
AB 0
R 0
H 0
HR 0
RBI 0
Baltimore

J. Payton
AB 0
R 0
H 0
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Chicago White Sox
Alexei Ramirez, SS5240000 .314
A.J. Pierzynski, C5000003 .295
Carlos Quentin, LF2100201 .289
Jermaine Dye, RF4010001 .295
Jim Thome, DH4111024 .253
Paul Konerko, 1B3000102 .228
Ken Griffey Jr., CF4011002 .246
    Brian Anderson, CF0000000 .240
Joe Crede, 3B4000002 .250
Juan Uribe, 2B4010000 .238
Totals3548232  
Batting
2B - Alexei Ramirez (20, Waters), Ken Griffey Jr. (23, Waters)
HR - Jim Thome (28, Waters)
RBI - Jim Thome (76), Ken Griffey Jr. (61)
2-OUT RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. (19)
SB - Carlos Quentin (7, 2nd base off Waters/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 7
Chicago White Sox
Clayton Richard (W,2-2) 6633140 6.23
Octavio Dotel (H,19) 1200020 3.81
Matt Thornton (H,15) 1000000 2.85
Bobby Jenks (S,26) 1100000 1.68
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 88-59, Octavio Dotel 20-12, Matt Thornton 8-7, Bobby Jenks 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 10-4, Octavio Dotel 1-0, Matt Thornton 1-2, Bobby Jenks 1-2
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 25, Octavio Dotel 5, Matt Thornton 3, Bobby Jenks 4
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5000022 .300
Luis Montanez, RF3110000 .371
   a- Nick Markakis, PH-RF1000011 .302
Melvin Mora, 3B4010011 .280
Aubrey Huff, 1B4120001 .305
Ramon Hernandez, C4111002 .258
Kevin Millar, DH4011002 .249
Luke Scott, LF4000013 .268
Jay Payton, CF3021110 .257
Juan Castro, SS2000003 .184
   b- Alex Cintron, PH-SS2010001 .277
Totals3639316  
a-struck out for Montanez in the 7th
b-singled for Castro in the 7th
Batting
2B - Luis Montanez (2, Richard)
RBI - Ramon Hernandez (57), Kevin Millar (67), Jay Payton (38)
2-OUT RBI - Jay Payton (23)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - B. Roberts-Huff
E - Juan Castro (4, Misplayed grounder), Melvin Mora (13, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
Chris Waters (L,2-1) 7543221 4.71
Fernando Cabrera 0.2100100 4.13
Jamie Walker 0.1000000 5.68
Jim Johnson 1200000 2.26
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Waters 90-61, Fernando Cabrera 19-11, Jamie Walker 1-1, Jim Johnson 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Waters 14-6, Jamie Walker 1-0, Jim Johnson 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Waters 29, Fernando Cabrera 4, Jamie Walker 1, Jim Johnson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 20707
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Chuck Meriwether