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Thome hits record HR; O's roll

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CLEVELAND -- To Jim Thome, helping Baltimore win its third straight game meant more than hitting his 610th home run.

Thome move past Sammy Sosa into seventh place on the career homers list and Orioles beat the Cleveland Indians 10-2 Friday night.

The 41-year-old Thome got his historic home run with a towering 418-foot shot off Derek Lowe (8-8) to open the fourth inning.

"The big thing is we won another game," Thome said, wearing a large icepack on his neck. That's been a long-time postgame ritual to sooth his back that has ached for years, but not put a crimp in his production.

"I knew I got it," Thome said of the majestic shot.

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He then got the baseball, exchanging a bat and two signed balls with the fan who caught it.

Thome's homer was his sixth this season and first since being acquired by Baltimore on July 1 from the Philadelphia Phillies for two minor-leaguers. He had signed with the Phillies as a free agent last winter.

"Nothing Jim does surprises me and I just feel pretty lucky to watch and enjoy it," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I'm glad he's passed our way. He sets a great example for everybody and works incredibly hard. He plays every game like it his first in Little League."

It was Thome's 189th homer at Progressive Field. The left-handed slugger holds Cleveland's career record with 337 homers. He was a key part of the Indians' power-laden lineup from 1991-02 and returned for the final two months of the 2011 season.

Ken Griffey Jr. is next up on the career list with 630 homers.

Thome had three hits, including his 449th career double, tying Hall of Famer Joe Morgan and two others for 97th all-time. He also struck out for the 2,526th time, leaving him 61 behind career leader Reggie Jackson.

Ryan Flaherty had a three-run homer and Mark Reynolds doubled home two runs in Baltimore's six-run third as the Orioles went ahead 7-1.

Miguel Gonzalez (2-1) gave up seven hits and two runs over 6 2/3 innings in his third career start. The right-hander struck out five and is 1-0 with a 2.14 ERA on the road.

Asdrubal Cabrera and Jack Hannahan homered for Cleveland, which has lost six of its last nine.

"We couldn't do much offensively, but it was a big, big hole to climb out of," Indians manager Manny Acta said.

Orioles reliever Matt Lindstrom was hit in the left knee by a wicked line drive by Johnny Damon in the eighth. He wanted to stay in the game, but with a 10-2 lead, Showalter brought in Kevin Gregg with the bases loaded and two outs and Lindstrom walked to the dugout.

"I'm a little sore," Lindstrom said, a red welt on his leg just below the knee. "I'm icing it and have complete confidence in our training staff. I just need quicker reactions. I put my glove down, but not far enough."

Baltimore took a 1-0 lead in the first on a wild pitch by Lowe. J.J. Hardy hit a one-out double, moved up on a groundout by Thome and scored when Adam Jones walked on a pitch that got past catcher Matt Wieters.

Cleveland tied it in the bottom half on Cabrera's 12th homer. Hannahan hit his fourth in the seventh to make it 10-2.

Lowe allowed nine runs and seven hits -- five doubles and two homers -- over three-plus innings. He walked five without a strikeout.

"The game speaks for itself," Lowe said. "It was embarassing, frustrating, all of the above."

The right-hander was the Indians' best starter in the first two months of the season, but the 39-year-old veteran is 2-7 with an 8.31 ERA in his last 10 starts -- allowing 48 earned runs and 75 hits in 52 innings.

Reynolds went 1 for 5 and is hitting .304 with eight RBI over six games after going 10 for 66 (.152) with seven RBIs in his previous 22 contests.

Notes

  • Baltimore acquired INF Omar Quintanilla from the New York Mets for cash. He was designated for assignment by the Mets on Tuesday and is expected to join the Orioles on Saturday after a roster spot is cleared for him.
  • Indians LHP Rafael Perez, out since April 26 with a sore shoulder, threw a bullpen session and is scheduled to resume a minor-league rehab assignment Monday.
  • Cleveland RHP Cody Allen made his major-league debut, working one inning in relief. The 23rd-round draft pick in 2011 was called up from Triple-A Columbus as the Indians optioned out LHP Scott Barnes.
  • Hannahan moved from third base to shortstop in the seventh -- for his sixth career appearance at the position.
  • Damon's three hits tied a season high.
  • Cleveland leads the series 24-16 since 2007. The Indians took three of four in Baltimore, June 28-July 1.
 
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Jim Thome opens the fourth inning with a homer, moving him into seventh on the all-time list with 610.  (US Presswire)
Jim Thome opens the fourth inning with a homer, moving him into seventh on the all-time list with 610. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

J. Thome
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Baltimore

M. Gonzalez
IP 6.2
H 7
ER 2
BB 2
K 5
 

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Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Markakis, RF4000100 .269
   a- Endy Chavez, PH-LF1010000 .176
J.J. Hardy, SS6110014 .216
Jim Thome, DH5231011 .257
Adam Jones, CF3210202 .294
Matt Wieters, C4101113 .249
Wilson Betemit, 3B2111300 .255
Chris Davis, LF4121102 .264
    Steve Pearce, LF-RF0000000 .254
Mark Reynolds, 1B5112035 .211
Ryan Flaherty, 2B5113014 .196
Totals391011987  
a-doubled for Markakis in the 9th
Batting
2B - Endy Chavez (3, Perez), J.J. Hardy (16, Lowe), Jim Thome (5, Lowe), Adam Jones (21, Rogers), Wilson Betemit (13, Lowe), Chris Davis (13, Lowe), Mark Reynolds (15, Lowe)
HR - Jim Thome (6, Lowe), Ryan Flaherty (3, Lowe)
RBI - Jim Thome (18), Matt Wieters (46), Wilson Betemit (33), Chris Davis (43), Mark Reynolds 2 (31), Ryan Flaherty 3 (10)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Flaherty-Hardy-Reynolds, Reynolds-Hardy
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Miguel Gonzalez (W,2-1) 6.2722252 2.61
Matt Lindstrom 1200000 2.42
Kevin Gregg 1.1000020 3.72
HBP - Hafner (by Miguel Gonzalez), Santana (by Matt Lindstrom)
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Gonzalez 114-79, Matt Lindstrom 23-16, Kevin Gregg 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Gonzalez 5-8, Matt Lindstrom 1-2, Kevin Gregg 1-1
Batters Faced - Miguel Gonzalez 28, Matt Lindstrom 6, Kevin Gregg 4
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, RF4020000 .297
    Aaron Cunningham, RF1000000 .181
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS3111011 .280
    Jose Lopez, 3B2000011 .253
Jason Kipnis, 2B4010000 .275
Michael Brantley, CF4000001 .295
Carlos Santana, C1000210 .223
Travis Hafner, DH3010011 .234
Johnny Damon, LF4030003 .233
Casey Kotchman, 1B4000006 .230
Jack Hannahan, 3B-SS4111032 .240
Totals3429227  
Batting
2B - Shin-Soo Choo (30, M. Gonzalez), Jason Kipnis (11, M. Gonzalez)
HR - Asdrubal Cabrera (12, M. Gonzalez), Jack Hannahan (4, M. Gonzalez)
RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera (43), Jack Hannahan (23)
2-OUT RBI - Jack Hannahan (18)
Team LOB - 9
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Derek Lowe (L,8-8) 3799502 5.04
Cody Allen 1000210 0.00
Esmil Rogers 2211020 5.56
Joe Smith 1000000 2.83
Tony Sipp 1100110 5.52
Chris Perez 1100030 3.06
IBB - Markakis by Derek Lowe, by Davis
WP - Derek Lowe (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 82-37, Cody Allen 30-16, Esmil Rogers 25-20, Joe Smith 16-11, Tony Sipp 22-14, Chris Perez 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 7-3, Cody Allen 2-0, Esmil Rogers 2-2, Joe Smith 1-2, Tony Sipp 1-1
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 22, Cody Allen 5, Esmil Rogers 8, Joe Smith 3, Tony Sipp 5, Chris Perez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33954
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Victor Carapazza, Third Base - Larry Vanover