Thomas hit a pair of two-run homers, the first to tie the game in the seventh inning and the second to win it in the ninth as the White Sox came from behind to beat the Angels 4-2.
“I hit it hard,” Thomas said of his second homer. “I just wanted it to stay fair and stay in play just to get that run home.”
Thomas came up and Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia responded by bringing Chone Figgins in from center field to be a fifth infielder. It didn’t matter, as Thomas lined a 3-2 pitch over the left-field wall for his 30th homer.
“It was a changeup, and the changeup was a big pitch for me the whole game,” Washburn said. “It might’ve caught a little bit more of the plate than I wanted.”
Scioscia considered lifting Washburn when Thomas came up.
“We were looking at it, but Washburn still looked like he had enough to challenge some of those guys and maybe make some pitches,” Scioscia said. “He was pitching such a good game.”
Washburn (9-12) said he was battling back spasms most of the game, but took a no-hitter into the seventh. He lost it on Alomar’s leadoff single through the right side of the infield, and Thomas followed with his first homer of the game.
Tom Gordon (6-5) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the win.
Washburn retired the first 14 batters he faced and had a perfect game until he hit Carl Everett with a pitch in the fifth.
Garret Anderson made a couple of nice catches in left field and Figgins made a diving grab in center to preserve the no-hitter early.
“Jarrod Washburn has been very tough on us for a long time,” Chicago manager Jerry Manuel said. “Going that long in the ballgame in a visiting ballpark with a no-hitter is pretty impressive.”
Washburn gave up four runs and four hits, striking out two in 8 1-3 innings.
The Angels scored once in the third on an RBI single by Anderson. Alfredo Amezaga drew a walk and advanced to third on Figgins’ single before Anderson brought him home.
Anaheim added a run in the seventh when Adam Riggs came home on a perfectly executed squeeze play. Riggs doubled and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Adam Kennedy. He then dashed home as Amezaga put down the bunt.
The White Sox snapped a five-game losing streak, while the Angels lost for the first time in six games.
Mark Buehrle started for the Sox and gave up two runs and six hits overeight innings, striking out five and walking one.
The three-game series is the Angels’ only appearance at U.S. Cellular Field this season, where Anderson won the All-Star MVP and Home Run Derby. Brendan Donnelly was also the winning pitcher and Mike Scioscia the winning manager. … The Angels are 17-6 against the AL Central and play their next 18games against the division.