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Former Auburn standout Frank Thomas slugged three home runs for the Blue Jays on Monday. He has 512 for his career, tying Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews on the all-time list.
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Former Auburn standout Frank Thomas slugged three home runs for the Blue Jays on Monday. He has 512 for his career, tying Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews on the all-time list.

No doubting Toronto's Thomas
Ex-Auburn star rips 3 homers to beat Boston

The Associated Press

Frank Thomas hit three home runs to lift the Toronto Blue Jays over the Boston Red Sox 6-1 on Monday night, raising his total to 512 and tying Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews for 18th on the career list.

Dustin McGowan (11-9) pitched a five-hitter, struck out nine and walked none, sending the AL East leaders to their third loss in four games. Boston’s lead over New York in the division was cut to 31/2 games after the Yankees beat Baltimore — the smallest deficit since before play on April 22.

Thomas homered twice off knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (16-11), then hit his third against reliever Kyle Snyder. Thomas had three homers one other time — hitting all of them off Wakefield at Fenway Park on Sept. 15, 1996.

Yankees 8, Orioles 5: Hideki Matsui broke out of a slump with a go-ahead homer, and Phil Hughes won his second straight start with help from a bullpen that escaped two bases-loaded jams.

Alex Rodriguez tied his career high of 142 RBIs, Doug Mientkiewicz hit a two-run single, Robinson Cano had an RBI double, former Calhoun standout Jorge Posada got three hits and Bobby Abreu drove in two runs as New York waited out an inconsistent Daniel Cabrera (9-17).

Indians 6, Tigers 5, 11 innings: Casey Blake homered with one out in the 11th inning to give the Indians a come-from-behind win over the Tigers, who slid 51/2 games back in the AL Central.

Twins 5, Rangers 4: Ian Kinsler misplayed Jason Bartlett’s popup with two outs in the ninth inning, allowing Lew Ford to score the winning run as the Twins rallied to beat the Rangers.

White Sox 11, Royals 3: Jermaine Dye, Danny Richar and Josh Fields homered in an 11-run fifth inning as the White Sox rallied to beat the Royals.

National League

Nationals 12, Mets 4: Washington’s Nook Logan had three hits and New York committed four errors as the Nationals sent the Mets to their fourth straight loss.

The Mets, who had six errors against Philadelphia on Sunday, entered the day 31/2 games in front of the second-place Phillies in the NL East.

Braves 11, Marlins 6: Andruw Jones hit a three-run homer, Jeff Francoeur reached 100 RBIs for the second straight year and John Smoltz pitched six strong innings for Atlanta.

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