Phillies 13, White Sox 10
Thome hit a two-run home run and Bobby Abreu homered twice to lead Philadelphia over the Chicago White Sox 13-10 on Wednesday night. Thome, who homered twice on Tuesday, has three home runs and eight RBIs through two games against the White Sox.
The Phillies have scored 24 runs in two games at Chicago.
“It’s just been crazy the last (two) nights,” said Thome, who is two home runs shy of 400 for his career. “The ball here in the summertime does carry well. We will take the win.”
Abreu hit a solo home run in the first and a two-run shot in a seven-run fourth for the Phillies, who had lost six of eight.
The teams combined to hit eight home runs one game after combining for nine in the White Sox’s 14-11 win. The 17 home runs over a two-game span set a U.S. Cellular Field record.
“That’s amazing. We’re facing a pretty good hitting team. And so are we,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.
The Phillies got a little more pitching in this one.
Eric Milton (8-1) was roughed up but gave the Phillies just enough to win his third consecutive start. The left-hander pitched out of a jam in the third and gave up a season-high six runs on nine hits in five innings. He is tied for second in the NL in wins with Randy Johnson and is off to the best start of his career.
“I tip my hat to my teammates. They picked me up again. They have been doing it all year,” Milton said. “When we score that many run we should win.”
The Phillies broke the game open in the fourth against Jon Garland when they loaded the bases with two outs after Abreu’s 14th homer.
Marlon Byrd had an RBI infield single, and Jimmy Rollins walked to force in another run. Placido Polanco, who led off the inning with a hit, lined a two-run single to left and got in a rundown that allowed Rollins to score for an 8-2 lead.
Philadelphia added two more in the fifth on Thome’s two-run homer chasing Garland. It was Thome’s 17th of the season.
Polanco finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
“It’s like Coors Field right now,” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. “The way the ball is playing right now, you’d rather give up solo homers than walk two or three guys. The ball is jumping and they have good hitters.”
It was a disastrous outing for Garland (5-3) in what has been a solid start to the season. He went four-plus innings and allowed 10 runs, walking four and giving up eight hits. The right-hander’s ERA rose nearly a run, going from 3.78 to 4.73.
Milton worked out of a jam in the third inning when Olivo doubled to the gap in right-center and advanced to third on Willie Harris’ bunt single with no outs.
The White Sox threatened again in the sixth. They had runners on first and third with no outs and loaded the bases with two outs, but Lee stranded the runners by fouling out.
“It’s a big game for us to win. We’ve been struggling with our pitching a little bit,” Bowa said. “Obviously it looks like we are going to have to score a lot of runs (Thursday), because it seems like it takes a lot of runs or us to win.”
Lee extended his career-best hitting streak to 24 games with a single in the fifth.
Chicago scored four runs off Phillies closer Billy Wagner in his first outing since coming off the disabled list Tuesday. Rowand, who went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, drove in a run with a double, Kelly Dransfeldt had arun-scoring single and Crede added a two-run homer to make it 13-10.
Harris extended his hitting streak to 12 games. … RHP Paul Abbott signed a Triple-A contract with the Phillies and is tentatively scheduled to start Sunday. … Konerko passed Minnie Minoso for eighth on the White Sox all-time home run list with 136. … Valentin’s homer was the 13th of his career against a left-hander from the left-side of the plate. It was his 206th overall. … It was Abreu’s second multihomer game of the season and the ninthof his career.