|2012 Regular Season|
Thome provides a veteran presence that should boost the O's in the playoffs.
Thome had two homers, six RBIs and 10 walks in 18 games after being acquired from Philadelphia on July 1 before going on the disabled list from July 31 until Friday with a herniated disc in his neck.
Thome was batting .261 in 18 games for Baltimore before going on the DL on July 31 with a herniated disc in his neck. The Orioles had obtained him from the Philadelphia Phillies on June 30.
The 41-year-old Thome, who has hit 611 career homers, hasn't played since Friday night. He left the Orioles clubhouse around 4:30 p.m. to make a train back to Baltimore.
Thome, who passed Sammy Sosa on the career list on Friday, hit his 611th - and second with Baltimore since being acquired from Philadelphia on July 1. He homered off Zach McAllister to wipe out a 1-0 deficit.
It was fitting to see Thome go deep in Cleveland, where he starred for years for the Tribe. "The big thing is we won another game," Thome said, wearing a large icepack on his neck.
Thome led off the fourth inning for Baltimore on Friday night and connected off Cleveland's Derek Lowe. It was the 41-year-old's first homer since being acquired by the Orioles from the Philadelphia Phillies on July 1, and sixth of the season overall. It was Thome's 189th homer at Progressive Field. He played for the Indians from 1991 through the 2002 season and returned for the final two months of 2011.
Thome is batting .257 (9 for 35) since he was traded to the Orioles. He is hitting .247 with five homers and 17 RBIs this season.
Thome connected off Jake McGee (2-2) for home run No. 609, tying Sammy Sosa for seventh place on baseball's career list. It was also his fifth in the last 11 games.
Thome's 608th career homer made him the fourth player in major league history to hit at least 100 with three different teams. Darrel Evans (Atlanta, San Francisco and Detroit), Reggie Jackson (California, Oakland and New York) and Alex Rodriguez (Seattle, Texas and New York) are the others. He needs one more homer to tie Sammy Sosa for seventh on the all-time list.