Thome's 400th Homerun Highlights Phillies 10-7 Win

Phillies fans had to settle for seeing one milestone reached as the Phillies returned to Citizens Bank Park. Ken Griffey, Jr, who has 499 career homeruns, sat out the rain delayed and shortened game and didn't go for 500. Jim Thome came into the game with 399 homeruns and hit number 400 in his first at bat. The Phils hung on through the rain to beat Cincinnati 10-7.

Ken Griffey Jr. never got a chance to hit his 500th career homer, but Jim Thome seized his first opportunity to hit his 400th.

Thome hit a two-run homerun in the first inning and David Bell capped a four-run fifth inning rally with a two-run single as the Phillies posted a 10-7 win over the Cincinnati Reds in a game that featured three rain delays totaling nearly four hours.

The game was called by crew chief Larry Young at 2:06 a.m. EDT, nearly seven hours after the first pitch and over 6 1/2 hours after Thome's home run.

With the game being played on a previously scheduled off day and the Reds set to play three home games, Griffey was given the night off, ensuring his first attempt at 500 would be in front of Cincinnati fans.

But Thome, who became the 37th player to reach 400, wasted little time reaching his milestone in front of the hometown crowd. With two outs in the first, the slugger fouled off two straight pitches before sending Jose Acevedo's 3-2 pitch over the left-center field fence.

"It was great," Thome said. "Obviously (during) the first at-bat, there was a lot of adrenaline. When I got (behind), 0-2, as the at-bat got going, I actually sat on that breaking ball that I hit out."

Thome moved past Al Kaline into 37th place on the all-time list. He pumped his fist and pointed to the sellout crowd of 44,710.

"It was a great moment for Jim Thome," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "Hopefully we'll see the 500th or maybe the 600th in a Phillies uniform. It couldn't happen to a nicer guy. He did it in Thome fashion - right out of the gate."

After Thome's major league-leading 19th homer and seventh in ten games, Pat Burrell followed with his 11th of the year, putting Philadelphia ahead, 3-2.

However, the Phillies were unable to add to the lead and lost it when starter Eric Milton gave up a two-run home run to Jason LaRue in the third. After a 138-minute rain delay, rookie Ryan Madson (4-1) came on and gave up a run-scoring base hit to Felipe Lopez.

But Madson was bailed out by his teammates, who struck for four runs in the bottom of the fifth against John Riedling (4-1). Jimmy Rollins' RBI triple drew the Phillies within one run and Placido Polanco's bloop base hit tied it.

The Phillies loaded the bases and Bell grounded a 1-0 pitch into left field, scoring Polanco and Bobby Abreu.

The Reds climbed within one run in the top of the seventh when Roberto Hernandez allowed La Rue's second homer of the night. Hernandez walked two batters and Tim Worrell entered and got Jermaine Clark on a comebacker. Clark slipped and fell out of the batter's box and the game was delayed a second time.

After a delay of 65 minutes, the Phillies tacked on three runs in the bottom half. Thome delivered an RBI double and Burrell and Mike Lieberthal delivered sacrifice flies.

The rain seemed to go away enough for the game to be finished. But as Philadelphia closer Billy Wagner started warming up before the ninth, the contest was delayed a third time. After 31 minutes and with most of the crowd having left, umpires called the game.

With rain in the forecast, the Reds were not going to risk injury to Griffey, who hit his 499th homer Sunday at Cleveland and had played 36 straight games. Ryan Freel replaced Griffey and was booed during pregame introductions but Miley indicated that he was not in the lineup in order to get a crack at number 500 at home.


CINCINNATI (7) VS PHILADELPHIA (10) - FINAL IN 8 INNINGS CINCINNATI ab r h rbi bb so lob avg R Freel cf 3 1 1 0 2 1 3 .245 J Clark 2b-rf 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .000 T Jones p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 D Graves p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 S Casey 1b 4 2 2 3 1 0 0 .370 A Dunn lf 5 1 2 0 0 2 1 .259 W Pena rf 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 .270 B Reith p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 J Valentin c 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .149 J LaRue c-rf 4 2 2 3 0 0 1 .222 T Hummel 3b-2b 4 0 2 0 0 1 3 .214 F Lopez ss 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 .175 J Acevedo p 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .091 P Norton p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 a-J Cruz ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 .259 J Riedling p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 B Larson 3b 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .227 Totals 35 7 13 7 4 8 20 a-struck out swinging for P Norton in the 5th. BATTING: 2B - R Freel (6, E Milton); W Pena (3, E Milton). HR - S Casey 2 (13, 1st inning off E Milton 1 on, 1 Out, 8th inning off G Geary 0 on, 0 Out), J Larue 2 (5, 3rd inning off E Milton 1 on, 2 Out, 7th inning off R Hernandez 0 on, 0 Out). S - J Clark, J Acevedo. RBI - S Casey 3 (47), J LaRue 3 (19), F Lopez (5). 2-out RBI - J LaRue 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - J Clark 2, R Freel 2, J Acevedo 1. Team LOB - 11. BASERUNNING: SB - T Hummel (1, 2nd base off E Milton/M Lieberthal). FIELDING: Outfield assists - A Dunn (P Burrell at 3rd base). DP: 1 (F Lopez-J Clark-S Casey). PHILADELPHIA ab r h rbi bb so lob avg J Rollins ss 5 2 3 1 0 0 0 .276 P Polanco 2b 4 2 1 1 0 0 2 .259 B Abreu rf 4 2 2 0 1 0 2 .302 J Thome 1b 4 2 2 3 0 0 3 .318 P Burrell lf 2 1 2 2 1 0 0 .294 D Bell 3b 3 0 1 2 1 0 2 .283 M Lieberthal c 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 .245 M Byrd cf 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 .224 R Hernandez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 T Worrell p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 c-R Ledee ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .354 G Geary p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 B Wagner p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 E Milton p 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .087 R Madson p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 a-C Utley ph 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .234 R Cormier p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 b-D Glanville ph-cf 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .203 Totals 33 10 13 10 3 3 14 a-hit a ground rule double to deep center for R Madson in the 5th; b-lined out to right for R Cormier in the 6th; c-flied out to left for T Worrell in the 7th. BATTING: 2B - B Abreu (14, P Norton); C Utley (6, J Riedling); J Thome (14, B Reith). 3B - J Rollins (3, J Riedling). HR - J Thome (19, 1st inning off J Acevedo 1 on, 2 Out), P Burrell (11, 1st inning off J Acevedo 0 on, 2 Out). SF - M Lieberthal , P Burrell. RBI - J Thome 3 (43), P Burrell 2 (46), J Rollins (16), P Polanco (8), D Bell 2 (26), M Lieberthal (23). 2-out RBI - J Thome 2, P Burrell. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - J Thome 1. GIDP - M Byrd. Team LOB - 5. BASERUNNING: SB - B Abreu (13, 2nd base off J Riedling/J LaRue). ---------------------------------------------------- CINCINNATI - 202 010 11 -- 7 PHILADELPHIA - 300 040 30 -- 10 ---------------------------------------------------- CINCINNATI ip h r er bb so hr era J Acevedo 2 3 3 3 0 2 2 5.33 P Norton 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 4.32 J Riedling (L, 4-1) 1 4 4 4 2 0 0 3.89 B Reith 1 2 3 3 0 1 0 7.27 T Jones 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.79 D Graves 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.57 PHILADELPHIA ip h r er bb so hr era E Milton 3 8 4 4 1 3 2 4.60 R Madson (W, 4-1) 2 3 1 1 0 3 0 2.70 R Cormier (H, 10) 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 4.20 R Hernandez (H, 6) 2/3 1 1 1 2 0 1 4.97 T Worrell (H, 9) 1/3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.24 G Geary 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 3.60 B Reith pitched to 3 batters in the 7th. WP - J Riedling. HBP - J LaRue (by R Madson); P Polanco (by B Reith). Pitches-strikes: J Acevedo 37-26; P Norton 24-17; J Riedling 31-15; B Reith 24-15; T Jones 14-8; D Graves 15-10; E Milton 69-41; R Madson 40-26; R Cormier 17-10; R Hernandez 21-12; T Worrell 6-4; G Geary 15-10; B Wagner 0-0. Ground balls-fly balls: J Acevedo 1-3; P Norton 3-3; J Riedling 1-1; B Reith 0-2; T Jones 0-3; D Graves 2-1; E Milton 3-3; R Madson 2-1; R Cormier 1-0; R Hernandez 2-0; T Worrell 1-0; G Geary 2-1; B Wagner 0-0. Batters faced: J Acevedo 9; P Norton 8; J Riedling 8; B Reith 6; T Jones 4; D Graves 4; E Milton 18; R Madson 10; R Cormier 4; R Hernandez 5; T Worrell 1; G Geary 4; B Wagner 0. UMPIRES: HP--Mark Wegner. 1B--Rob Drake. 2B--Larry Young. 3B--Mike Everitt. T--3:04. (Plus 3 rain delays totaling 3 hours and 54 minutes in the 3rd, 7th, 8th). Att--44,710. Weather: 81 degrees, overcast. Wind: 10 mph, left to right.


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