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While the uniform has changed, Jim Thome's success at Progressive Field hasn't.

After hitting his first home run with the Baltimore Orioles, Thome looks to help them win their fourth straight Saturday night in the second of four games against the Cleveland Indians.

Now with his sixth major league team, Thome is hitting .277 in 12 games since being acquired from Philadelphia at the end of June. He went 3 for 5 with a homer and a double in a 10-2 win over Cleveland on Friday.

The home run was the 610th of his career, moving him past Sammy Sosa into seventh place all-time. Ken Griffey Jr. is next on the career list with 630.

Thome spent his first 12 seasons with the Indians as well as the final two months of 2011. He's a career .306 hitter at Progressive Field with 189 home runs, batting .315 with 11 homers in 37 games as a visitor.

"I've played a lot of games here, so it felt good," Thome said. "I'm most happy about winning the game."

His big night at the plate helped the Orioles (49-44) win their third straight after losing six of seven. The 10 runs matched their second-most of the season and was their biggest output since a 12-6 win over Pittsburgh on June 14.

Baltimore hasn't won four straight since a season high-tying five-game run June 9-14. It will try to hand the Indians (47-46) their third straight loss and sixth in eight games.

Cleveland has scored three or fewer runs in six of eight games coming out of the All-Star break.

The Indians will hope to provide some support for Zach McAllister (4-1, 3.17 ERA) as they look to stop their slide.

McAllister was sharp his last time out despite taking a comebacker off his forearm in the fourth inning of a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay on Monday. He remained in the game, giving up one run and three hits in six innings.

"This whole game was a battle for me," said McAllister, who walked four and struck out five. "I had a good mix (of pitches). I wouldn't say anything was great, but I was able to mix pretty well."

The right-hander faced the Orioles for the first time June 28, giving up a two-run homer to J.J. Hardy while striking out six in 5 2-3 innings of a 7-2 victory.

Chris Tillman (1-1, 1.00) counters for Baltimore, making his third start after being called up from the minors earlier this month.

Tillman gave up seven runs, but only one was earned, in two-thirds of an inning in a 19-7 loss to Minnesota on Monday.

"I'll forget about it. I know what I need to do to get better. I didn't do it tonight. It comes down to being consistent," Tillman said. "The fastball was OK. I just wasn't able to throw the breaking pitches for strikes so they were able to sit on the heater wherever it was. That equation doesn't come out very well."

The right-hander went 0-1 in two starts against Cleveland in 2009. He gave up six runs over two innings in the most recent one after allowing one run in five frames in the first.

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