Thome Powers White Sox Past Rays With 512th Career Homer

Danks solid as Chicago beats Tampa 6-0
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2008 6:17 PM CDT
Chicago White Sox's Jim Thome, right foreground, gives teammate Toby Hall, left, a high-five as they celebrate a 6-0 shutout against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.    ((AP Photo/Joe Ranze))
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(Newser) – Jim Thome hit career homer No. 512 and drove in three runs, John Danks struck out eight in seven innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-0 on Sunday. Thome also tied a career high with four hits. His second homer in the last three games tied him with Hall of Famers Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews for 19th place on the all-time list.

Danks (2-1) allowed three singles for the White Sox, who have won 11 of their last 16 games. The left-hander has not given up a run in two straight starts, totaling 14 2-3 innings. It's the first time he has won back-to-back starts since last July. The Rays had just one runner in scoring position --Carl Crawford reached third with two outs in the fourth-- against Danks.