Chicago (75-56) at Baltimore (62-69)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Tue Aug 26, 2008
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When his team got off to a shaky start on their road trip, Jim Thome helped make sure the Chicago White Sox held onto first place in the AL Central by reaching another milestone in his career.

Thome and the White Sox continue their three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday after the Chicago slugger moved into 15th place on the all-time career home run list.

Before the White Sox (75-56) and Orioles (62-69) opened this series on Monday, they finished their postponed game from April 28. Baltimore won the continued game 4-3 in 14 innings after Lou Montanez singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the 14th. The Orioles were the road team in the game because the April meeting was played in Chicago.

When the teams resumed play for the opener of the scheduled three-game set, the White Sox bounced back and held on for a 4-3 victory. Thome hit his 535th career home run to gain sole possession of 15th place on the all-time list while Alexei Ramirez had four of Chicago’s eight hits, matching a season high for the rookie.

“It’s nice to win this one. It hard, after the first game. It gets you down,” said manager Ozzie Guillen, whose team is one game ahead of Minnesota for the AL Central lead. “We come back and played great baseball.”

Thome’s solo home run, which moved him past Jimmie Foxx and within one of Mickey Mantle, put Chicago ahead 4-3 in the sixth inning after the Orioles had taken a 3-2 lead in the fourth.

“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.”

Baltimore came into this series after being swept by the Yankees. Aubrey Huff and Jay Payton each had two hits and drove in a run Monday.

Gavin Floyd (13-6, 3.78 ERA) takes the mound on Tuesday for Chicago, looking to extend a six-game unbeaten streak.

Floyd hasn’t lost since July 19 against the Royals, going 3-0 with a 4.67 ERA in his six starts since. On Wednesday against Seattle, Floyd pitched six innings, allowing three runs and six hits while striking out seven to earn a 15-3 win.

The Maryland native made his first career appearance against the Orioles on April 17 at Camden Yards, allowing two runs and two hits over six innings of a 6-5, 10-inning loss.

Brian Burres (7-7, 5.64) counters for Baltimore as he’s expected to make his first start in nearly a month after being sent to the minors on Aug. 1. The left-hander’s last start was on July 30 when he allowed four runs and four hits over 1 1-3 innings in a 13-3 loss to the Yankees. It was the second consecutive start he failed to make it out of the second inning.

Burres is 1-1 with a 5.91 ERA in two starts and one relief appearance against the White Sox. On April 26, he pitched eight scoreless innings against them to notch a 5-1 win.

Third baseman Joe Crede returned to the White Sox lineup on Monday, and was 0-for-4. Crede had been on the disabled list since July 21 because of inflammation in his back.

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G. Floyd TOR vs. B. Burres COL
17-8 Record 7-10
3.84 ERA 6.04
145 K 63
70 BB 50
1.26 WHIP 1.66