Jim Thome still feels at home at Jacobs Field -- even while being booed.
Thome hit a pair of two-run homers and Javier Vazquez pitched six strong innings to help the Chicago White Sox beat the Indians, 11-0, yesterday at Cleveland.
``It adds to the list of the wonderful things that have happened here," Thome said after getting his 36th multihomer game and passing Jeff Bagwell for 30th on the career homer list with 450.
Thome hit an Indians team-record 334 homers before leaving town after the 2002 season to sign a six-year, $85 million contract with Philadelphia. His two drives yesterday were his first homers at Jacobs Field as a visitor.
Indians fans are split in their sentiments toward the 35-year-old slugger, who was traded to Chicago last winter. Many still cheer him, but there are plenty of resounding boos each time he comes to bat in Cleveland.
``I try to block it out and not let the distractions bother me," he said.
Vazquez (6-3) gave up only two singles -- both with two outs in the third inning. The righthander walked three and struck out four in his second consecutive win.
Rangers 2, Mariners 0 -- John Rheinecker allowed four hits in 8 1/3 innings in his second major league start and Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer to send visiting Seattle to its fifth straight loss.
Angels 4, Twins 3 -- Chone Figgins singled in the tying run in the eighth and scored the winning run in the 11th after an error on a failed pickoff by Jesse Crain and a hit by Orlando Cabrera at Anaheim, Calif.
Royals 6, Athletics 4 -- Shane Costa doubled twice and drove in a run and Seth Etherton won in the majors for first time in more than a year as Kansas City improved to 4-22 on the road.
Cardinals 3, Astros 1 -- Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh inning to lift host St. Louis.
The Cardinals rallied after six fruitless innings against Roy Oswalt. Jason Marquis (7-4) worked seven strong innings for the NL Central leaders, who sent the Astros to their sixth loss in seven games.
Aaron Miles singled off Trever Miller (0-1) to start the seventh and John Rodriguez coaxed a full-count walk with two outs ahead of Pujols, who hit his league-leading 25th homer off Chad Qualls.
Mets 8, Diamondbacks 7 -- David Wright's drive to the center-field wall capped a ninth-inning comeback against Arizona closer Jose Valverde at New York.
Endy Chavez, who came into the game in a double switch at the start of the ninth, opened the inning with a double and dashed home on a single by Jose Reyes to tie the game. Paul Lo Duca followed with his fourth hit of the game, sending Reyes to third. After Arizona walked Carlos Beltran intentionally to load the bases, Carlos Delgado struck out. But Wright then ripped a shot over the head of Eric Byrnes, scoring the winning run.
Phillies 11, Nationals 2 -- Ryan Howard hit a tiebreaking three-run homer, his 13th in May, in the sixth inning to help host Philadelphia beat Washington.
Clay Condrey (1-0) pitched four strong innings in relief of injured starter Jon Lieber (groin strain) to earn the win. Condrey, who hadn't pitched in the majors since 2003 with San Diego, yielded an unearned run on three hits.
Pirates 14, Brewers 3 -- Although Jason Bay's home run streak ended at six games, Sean Casey had three hits and drove in three runs in his first game since fracturing two vertebrae in mid-April to lead host Pittsburgh.
Cubs 7, Reds 3 -- Kerry Wood pitched six solid innings and had a key RBI single to get his first win since July 15, as host Chicago snapped a six game losing streak.
Rockies 5, Padres 0 -- Jason Jennings threw a two-hitter, facing four over the minimum, and Matt Holliday, Brad Hawpe, and rookie Ryan Spilborghs homered as Colorado improved to 4-0 at Petco Park this season.
Dodgers 12, Braves 5 -- Ramon Martinez hit a three-run homer and finished with five RBIs to lead Los Angeles at Atlanta.
Marlins 5, Giants 1 -- Mike Jacobs hit a solo homer and Scott Olsen pitched seven strong innings to lead host Florida.