Thome homers lead Sox past O's

The Orioles had a season-high eight extra-base hits tonight and got homers from Adam Jones and Nick Markakis, but all that was topped by Jim Thome. The slugger had a 7 RBI night as the White Sox out-slugged the Birds, 12-8 to start the second half.

Thome's three-run homer in the 5th broke a 3-3 tie and, after the O's had pulled back within a run, his Grand Slam in the 6th made it a 10-6 lead. Thome, who now has 557 career homers, has knocked in 14 runs his last three games.

Nick Markakis snapped a 24-game homerless stretch with a two-run shot and Adam Jones hit a two-run homer with 3 RBI on the night.

Losing pitcher Jason Berken falls to 1-7, 6.44. He gave up two homers and six runs in 4 1/3 innings. He is 0-7 over his last nine starts.

The Baltimore bullpen gave up 6ER over 3 2/3 innings after giving up just 2ER in the previous 21 1/3 frames.

The O's lost for the second time in six games and fall to 14-28 on the season in road contests.

The Sox have won 13 of their last 19 games and are 2-2 this year vs. the Birds.

Balt.......8-14-2
CWS....12-13-2

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