Jim Thome slugged two homers, the last number 600 of his career, to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 9-6 on Monday.
Thome hit number 600 off pitcher Daniel Schlereth, the son of ESPN broadcaster Mark Schlereth, in the seventh inning to reach the historic milestone. He becomes the second fastest man to ever get to 600 homers, trailing only the legendary Babe Ruth.
In other American League baseball action, New York ties Boston for first place in the AL East with a 7-4 win over Kansas City; Texas opens a five game lead over second place Los Angeles in the West with an 8-4 win over the Angels; and Seattle edges Toronto 6-5 while Baltimore tops Oakland 6-2.
In the National League, the Atlanta Braves scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4; the Braves got to Giants closer Brian Wilson in the process.
In other action, Chicago beats Houston 4-3; Milwaukee blanks Los Angeles 3-0; Pittsburgh downs St.Louis 6-2 while New York beats San Diego 5-4 and Colorado beats Florida 7-4.