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Thome's 535th homer gives White Sox 'split'
Jim Thome made history Monday night, and Alexei Ramirez strengthened his case for the future.
Those contributions alleviated the sting of losing the completion of their April 28 suspended game, as the White Sox and Baltimore won their games by 4-3 scores.
Thome moved into sole possession of 15th place on the all-time home run list by launching his 535th homer in the sixth inning off left-hander Chris Waters that snapped a 3-3 tie in Game 2.
"Very special," Thome described the significance of hitting a game-winning homer and passing Jimmie Foxx. He trails Mickey Mantle by one home run. "Any time you tie or move ahead of the greats in the game, it's very humbling."
Ramirez, giving Orlando Cabrera a break at the leadoff spot and at shortstop, equaled his career high with four hits, and he scored two of the Sox's four runs. Ramirez could take over the shortstop position next season if Cabrera leaves for free agency.
"Maybe in the future, yes," manager Ozzie Guillen said of the leadoff spot in Ramirez's future. "Right now, I don't want to rush him and push him into something you have to get used to. He's an RBI guy too. This guy can give you a big hit, a big home run. And to have him in the front, we need some help down at the bottom [of the order] too."
Rookie left-hander Clayton Richard (2-2) survived a three-run fourth to earn his second consecutive victory.
"Every time you go out there, you gain a new level of comfort," said Richard, who helped end Brian Roberts' hitting streak at 10 games. "Just how our defense has been has helped out everything. [Third baseman Joe] Crede made some amazing plays behind me."
Crede was activated after missing nearly five weeks with back inflammation and played flawlessly on defense.
Bobby Jenks, who worked two innings Sunday, pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 26th save.
In the completion of an April 28 game that was suspended after 11 innings because of wet and miserable conditions at U.S. Cellular Field, the Sox nearly won on their first at-bat, but Carlos Quentin's deep drive fell short of the left-field fence.
In the bottom of the 14th, Paul Konerko drew a walk but A.J. Pierzynski fouled two bunt attempts before striking out against former Cub Rocky Cherry.
Quentin followed with a single to center, but Nick Markakis made a diving catch of Crede's sinking line drive for the second out.
Cherry's wild pitch moved pinch-runner Chris Getz to third, and the Orioles elected to intentionally walk pinch-hitter Ken Griffey Jr. to set up a game-ending force play.
Jermaine Dye, who didn't play in the first 13 innings, pinch-hit for Juan Uribe and popped out to shortstop Juan Castro in shallow left to end the game.
The Orioles scored the winning run in the top of the 14th on an RBI single by former Cubs No. 1 pick Lou Montanez off D.J. Carrasco.
"Everything was weird," Guillen said. "All of a sudden, I tried to bunt to try to tie the game when I was on the visitor's side. I'd never seen anything like that, and hopefully we never see it again, especially when you lose a game. You wait this long and you think about this game, and all of a sudden you lose."