CHICAGO, April 3 (UPI) -- Jim Thome hit a home run helping the Chicago White Sox open the defense of their World Series title with a 10-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Thome's home run came in the fourth inning -- the middle of three consecutive innings in which Chicago scored three runs -- and soon after a 2-hour, 57-minute rain delay.
The White Sox, who opened last season with a victory over Cleveland before finishing it with their first World Series championship in 88 years, made the most of nine walks from Cleveland pitchers and two Indians' errors.
Chicago scored three times in the third inning but Cleveland, with Eduardo Perez hitting a home run, to tie the score at 3-3.
After the nearly 3-hour weather delay Chicago took control with another 3-run rally. Tadahito Iguchi preceded Thome's two-run blast with a sacrifice fly. The White Sox added three more run in the fifth and another run in the sixth to make a winner of Brandon McCarthy (1-0), who had three innings of perfect relief.
Thome's home run came off Cleveland's Fernando Cabera (0-1).