Thome's 600th homer highlights Minnesota win

August 15, 2011 - 9:14 PM
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Minnesota Twins' Jim Thome rounds the bases on his 600th career home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, in Detroit. The home run was a three-run shot. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

DETROIT (AP) — Jim Thome hit his 600th home run — one inning after No. 599 — and the Minnesota Twins outslugged the Detroit Tigers 9-6 on Monday night.

Thome became the eighth player to reach 600, hitting a three-run shot off Daniel Schlereth in the seventh inning to give Minnesota a 9-5 lead.

An inning earlier, Thome reached 599 with a two-run homer off Rick Porcello (11-8) that broke a 3-all tie.

Thome received a standing ovation from the Detroit crowd as he rounded the bases after his milestone homer. His achievement overshadowed a solo shot in the first inning by Detroit's Delmon Young, who had been traded from the Twins to the Tigers earlier Monday.

Francisco Liriano (8-9) allowed five runs in six innings. Joe Nathan earned his 10th save.