Stealing Signals: Word Up, Thome.

White Sox 9, Angels 7 – Never accuse the Pale Hose of giving up. Coming back from a 7-3 deficit, White Sox DH Jim Thome capped the rally with a walk-off home run for #500 of the career. The Angels will still win the AL West handily, but let’s look at it this way: their bullpen has been one of their strengths. If they give up a win after a decent start by Joe Saunders like this, it doesn’t bode well for a playoff matchup against the AL Central winner.

Yankees 4, Red Sox 3 – The teeth-gnashing and hand-wringing will continue until the regular season is over and into the post-season; the Yanks take two of three from the Sawx, propelled by a clutch Derek Jeter home run.

Phillies 10, Mets 6 – I’ve decided that it truly will not be the starting pitching that screws the Mets in the playoffs. It will be the bullpen. Guillermo Mota helped load the bases, and Jorge Sosa gave up a pinch-hit grand slam to Greg Dobbs to make the difference. Of course, Philly will manage to blow five of its next six to put it out of playoff competition. Just the way the Phillies work.

Cubs 4, Cardinals 2 – The Cubs keep an even keel, take three out of four from St. Louis, and stay a game above the Brewers. Matt Murton hits a three run jack as Jason Marquis only gives up one run.

Brewers 5, Reds 2 – Joe Dillon, brought up with the September call-up, has a career day and doubles his RBI total by adding four more today off Cincy pitching.

Diamondbacks 6, Dodgers 1 – Arizona staves off a sweep via a three run homer by Chris Snyder, and Edgar Gonzalez wins his seventh straight decision.

Tigers 6, Twins 4 – The Tigers will not just go away quietly. The sweep of the Twins puts them 4.5 behind Cleveland entering a three game series with the Tribe, as the Tribe lost yesterday to KC. Curtis Granderson gets it started with a lead-off homer, and Todd Jones finishes it with career save #300.

Padres 5, Giants 1 – Jake Peavy is a beast. ERA down to 2.39 for the major league lead, 10 more Ks to take the major league lead, and nails down the NL-leading 18th win.

Photo: AP/Jerry Lai

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