Jim Thome hit his 610th career homer to move into seventh place on the career list and the Baltimore Orioles pounded out a 10-2 victory over the Indians Friday night in Cleveland.
Thome passed Sammy Sosa on the all-time list with a towering 418-foot shot off Derek Lowe (8-8) to open the fourth inning.
Ryan Flaherty had a three-run homer and Mark Reynolds doubled home two runs in a six-run third for Baltimore, which won its third straight.
Miguel Gonzalez (2-1) gave up seven hits over 6⅔ innings in his third career start.
Asdrubal Cabrera and Jack Hannahan homered for Cleveland.
Orioles reliever Matt Lindstrom was hit in the left knee by a wicked line drive by Johnny Damon in the eighth. He wanted to stay in the game, but with a 10-2 lead, manager Buck Showalter brought in Kevin Gregg with the bases loaded and two outs and Lindstrom walked to the dugout.
Thome’s homer into the right-field seats was his sixth this season and first since being acquired by Baltimore on July 1 from Philadelphia.