Tigers fall to Twins as Thome hits 600th career homer

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. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)