BALTIMORE (AP) -
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 homer to gain sole possession of 15th place, and the
4-3 Monday night after losing the completion of a game suspended by rain.
The ''split'' enabled the
to remain a half-game ahead of Minnesota heading into the Twins' late game at Seattle.
''Anytime you got a team like Minnesota that's right there (and) we're getting close to September, that kind of enhances it,''
Thome's 28th homer of the season gave the
a 4-3 lead in the sixth. The drive, off Baltimore rookie
, moved Chicago's designated hitter past
and put him within one of
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.''
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-all 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
playing the strange role of the home team at Camden Yards.
After the Orioles scored in the top of the 14th,
on a popup with the bases loaded and two outs.
In the regularly scheduled game,
(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.
worked the ninth for his 26th save.
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,''
said. ''We come back and played great baseball.''
Chicago got 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
Baltimore went up 3-2 in its half on run-scoring singles by
, but the
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 homer 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, Baltimore's
led off the 14th with a single off
(1-3). After a single by Millar, a sacrifice and an intentional walk loaded the bases, Montanez greeted D.J. Carrasco with
a soft single to center.
(1-0) got the final out in the 13th to earn his first major league victory, and Cherry picked up his first big league save.
Neither Castillo nor Cherry was on Baltimore's roster when the game began in April.
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
, who was ejected in the 10th inning in April for arguing a play at first base.
The Orioles resumed the game with no bench players because
replaced Huff at DH,
took over for departed shortstop
, and Montanez subbed for center fielder
, who is on the disabled list.
''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
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
to Triple-A Norfolk and recalled LHP
, who will start Tuesday against Chicago.