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They couldn't handle Thome, either. After Jason Kubel started the sixth with a single, Thome hit a drive off Porcello an estimated 412 feet over the fence in left-center.
Ben Revere added an RBI triple later in the inning -- and was thrown out trying for an inside-the-park homer.
Avila hit an RBI triple in the bottom half, then scored on a sacrifice fly, but Thome was just getting started.
Schlereth walked two hitters and struck out two before Thome came to the plate. He took another big cut with his powerful left-handed swing and sent a towering fly to left.
"He was always one of my favorite players growing up, so if I had to be on the losing end of it, going into the record books, there's not a better guy than Jim Thome," Schlereth said. "I'm proud of the guy he is and what he means to this game. You know, there hasn't been a whole lot of talk about his 600 home runs, but there should be more talk, because that guy has been -- he is -- an outstanding player, and great for a very long time."
For a moment, it appeared Young might have a chance to make a play on the ball, but he could only watch as his former teammate's hit disappeared over the fence.
"If he had jumped and gotten that over the wall, he and I might have met up behind the stands tonight," Thome joked.
NOTES: Minnesota's Denard Span, who has been recovering from a concussion, was scratched from the lineup. ... Young finished 2 for 4. ... Detroit ace Justin Verlander (17-5) takes the mound against Minnesota's Nick Blackburn (7-9) when the teams meet again Tuesday night.
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