June 23, 2006

Thome solo shot lifts White Sox past Cardinals

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jim Thome belted a seventh- inning
solo home run to spoil rookie Anthony Reyes' no-hit bid and
lift the Chicago White Sox to a 1-0 win over the St. Louis
Cardinals in interleague play on Thursday.

After thrashing the Cardinals 20-6 and 13-5 in the first
two games, the White Sox needed just one to sweep the
three-game series.

Thome's 24th homer of the season, a one out shot into the
right field bleachers, spoiled a brilliant performance by
Reyes, who sat down the first 13 batters he faced on the way to
his first career complete game.

Chicago starter Freddy Garcia (9-4) matched Reyes' effort
with a dazzling display, scattering four hits over eight
scoreless innings with a pair of strike-outs and a walk.

Bobby Jenks came on to pitch a perfect ninth to seal the
win and notch his 21st save of the campaign.

Searching for more power at the plate, the Cardinals
activated slugger Albert Pujols for the contest.

On the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle since
June 3, Pujols failed to make an impact on his return, going

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was not around to watch his
team extend its win streak to seven games after he was
suspended, fined and ordered to take sensitivity training by
Major League Baseball following a series of incidents.

In Atlanta, Aaron Hill and Frank Catalanotto each drove in
runs in an eighth inning rally as the Toronto Blue Jays edged
the Braves 3-2 to complete their first three-game series sweep
of the season.

To cap off a perfect night for the Jays, their big
off-season signing A.J. Burnett returned to the rotation and
delivered six sharp innings, allowing two runs on five hits
with seven strike outs and a walk.


Burnett did not figure in the decision but his pain free
performance should bring smiles to the faces of team management
who lured the righthander from Florida in the off-season with a
five-year $55 million deal.

Ty Taubenheim (1-0) picked up his first major-league
victory after working 2/3 of an inning of relief while closer
B.J. Ryan struggled to nail down the win, giving up hits in the
ninth but holding on to earn his 20th save of the campaign.

The Braves, meanwhile, slumped to their 10th straight
defeat and have lost 13 of their last 14 games to send them
tumbling to the bottom of the National League east standings
15.5 games back of the front-running New York Mets.

In Baltimore, with two out in the ninth Joe Borchard and
Wes Helms belted back-to-back pinch-hit home runs to force
extra innings and Miguel Cabrera capped a miracle comeback with
the winning RBI single in the 10th to lead the Florida Marlins
past the Orioles 8-5.

With the score tied at 5-5, Cabrera stunned the Baltimore
crowd when he reached out and swatted a single to center on
what was designed to be an intentional walk, scoring Hanley
Ramirez to nose the Marlins in front 6-5.

Florida closed out the inning with two more insurance
scores on Miguel Tejada's throwing error on a Borchard

(Writing by Steve Keating in Montreal))