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Updated: September 4th, 2010 5:47pm
Tolbert, Pavano and Thome shine in 12-4 win over Rangers

Tolbert, Pavano and Thome shine in 12-4 win over Rangers

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Jim Thome made history, Carl Pavano threw eight more solid innings, and Matt Tolbert had a career day as the Minnesota Twins beat the Texas Rangers, 12-4 on Saturday.

The Twins jumped all over Rangers starter Colby Lewis in the first inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, J.J. Hardy roped a ground rule double to left center, scoring Denard Span and Orlando Hudson. Two batters later, after Jason Repko was hit by a pitch to fill the bases again, Matt Tolbert hit a bases-clearing triple into the right field corner, giving the Twins a 5-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third inning, Jim Thome hit a 449-foot solo blast into the upper deck in right field, tying himself with Mark McGwire for ninth place on the all-time home run list (583).

One inning later, Thome passed McGwire with a three-run bomb into the bullpen in left -- the 584th home run of his career and 20th of the season -- that gave the Twins a 9-0 lead.

Thome also drew two walks on Saturday, giving him 1,668 for his career. That mark moves Thome past Frank Thomas for ninth place on the all-time walks list.

In total, the Twins drew five walks and tallied 11 hits, including five extra-base hits.

Tolbert went 2-for-5 with two triples and a career-high five RBIs. Hardy went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.

Pavano picked up his 16th win of the season, allowing three earned runs on a walk and eight hits. He struck out one and threw 108 pitches. This was the ninth time in 28 starts Pavano has pitched at least eight innings.

Right-hander Rob Delaney, who was called up prior to Friday's game, made his major league debut in the ninth inning. He was greeted by Ian Kinsler, who blasted a 353-foot home run to left field.

RHP Nick Blackburn (8-9, 6.04) is scheduled to face LHP C.J. Wilson (14-5, 2.88) in Sunday's series finale.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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