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|Thursday, 28 June 2007 14:19|
The Toronto slugger hit a three-run shot in the first inning of the Blue Jays' 8-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, becoming the 21st major leaguer to reach 500.
He also had an RBI double and tied his season high with four RBIs, then was ejected in the ninth inning by plate umpire Mark Wegner after being called out on strikes for the second time in the game. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons came out to argue and also was ejected.
Torii Hunter homered twice and Jason Bartlett also connected for Minnesota, which rallied from a 5-1 deficit to gain the win for Carlos Silva (6-8). Jason Frasor (1-3) was the loser.
Thomas came up after Matt Stairs' RBI single in the first and sent Silva's 1-2 pitch an estimated 396 feet into the left-field stands. A fan in the fifth row, wearing a jersey of Twins player Jason Bartlett, caught the ball in his glove. He was quickly escorted away by security.
The Metrodome crowd responded with a standing ovation for the two-time AL MVP. Thomas took his home run trot and then pointed toward the suites down the right-field line when he crossed the plate as Toronto players spilled out of the dugout to congratulate him.
Thomas hit his first career home run at the Metrodome against Gary Wayne while with the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 28, 1990. Thomas has 16 homers overall at the stadium.
Joe Nathan pitched the ninth to earn his 15th save in 17 chances.
Tigers 5, Rangers 2
DETROIT (AP) - Kenny Rogers allowed one run over six innings in his first home start since shoulder surgery, leading the Tigers to the win.
Rogers (2-0) missed the first 12 weeks of the season after surgery to remove a blood clot from his throwing shoulder. When the left-hander returned last week, he gave up two hits in six shutout innings at Atlanta.
This time, he allowed four hits as Detroit stopped a two-game losing streak and remained a half-game ahead of Cleveland in the AL Central.
Todd Jones worked a perfect ninth for his 19th save in 23 chances.
Gary Sheffield hit a two-run homer for Detroit
Texas starter Kevin Millwood (4-7) gave up three runs, five hits and six walks in six innings.
Indians 4, Athletics 3
CLEVELAND (AP) - Jason Michaels hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Indians held on for the victory.
Oakland put runners on second and third with one out in the ninth against closer Joe Borowski, but Shannon Stewart - 10-for-20 in the four-game series - popped out and Mark Kotsay flied out, giving Borowski his 22nd save in 24 chances.
Cleveland trailed 3-1 when Michaels hit his sixth home run. He connected off Ron Flores (0-2) and extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
Dan Johnson homered, doubled and singled twice for Oakland, which fell to 1-6 on its nine-game road trip.
Paul Byrd (7-3) allowed three runs in seven innings for Cleveland.