The fireworks were premature, but the White Sox had plenty to celebrate Wednesday night after their 4-3 victory over the Tigers in 13 innings.
Frank Thomas snapped an 0-for-13 slump with a line drive home run over the left-field fence off reliever Fernando Rodney to lift the Sox to a 4-0 record at Comerica Park this season.
The home run, Thomas' eighth in 52 at-bats since returning from a severe left ankle injury, accounted for the 1,320th run of Thomas' storied career and surpassed Luke Appling's club record.
"It's about time," manager Ozzie Guillen joked. "Frank is Frank. Any time he comes to the plate, you think something is going to happen."
Until Thomas' homer, the Sox had scored only five runs in their previous 37 innings.
Embattled closer Shingo Takatsu weaved out of a bases-loaded situation in the 13th to earn his first victory of the season, pitching a career-high 2 2/3 innings.
"I was more excited for Shingo winning the game," Guillen said.
Takatsu bailed Luis Vizcaino out of a jam to end the 11th and admitted he had the jitters about starting the 13th.
"[Pitching coach] Don Cooper didn't tell me anything," Takatsu said through an interpreter. "I was feeling nervous and had a feeling I was going out there."
The Sox (52-24) improved their mark in one-run games to 22-8.
"When you win games like these, you think something special is going to happen," Guillen said.
Both teams battled during the 11th inning and part of the 12th with a $5 million, 25-minute fireworks show for Detroit's International Freedom Festival about a mile behind the center-field fence.
But the Sox were more excited and encouraged by the performance of 21-year-old rookie Brandon McCarthy, who limited Detroit to three runs in 6 1/3 innings.
McCarthy pitched well enough to earn a start Monday when the Sox open a three-game series against Tampa Bay at U.S. Cellular Field, a huge relief because Orlando Hernandez probably won't be ready to rejoin the rotation until after the All-Star break.
"I'm just looking at one start at a time and taking it from there," McCarthy said.
McCarthy improved in nearly all areas since his last start against Kansas City, when he failed to hold a pair of four-run leads and fell one out short of qualifying for his first major-league victory.
"You could tell the difference between the way he pitched in Chicago [against the Royals] and the way he pitched here," Guillen said.
For starters, McCarthy didn't walk a batter while pitching at a relaxed pace. He had walked four against the Royals.
McCarthy's only true blemish was a two-run homer he surrendered in the second to Chris Shelton that tied the game 2-2. He limited the heart of the Tigers' batting order--Carlos Guillen, Dmitri Young and Ivan Rodriguez--to one hit in nine at-bats.
McCarthy entered the seventh with a 3-2 lead and retired Craig Monroe on a deep fly to right for the first out. Shelton followed with a deep fly to center. Scott Podsednik, making his fourth start in center, retreated but never got under the ball. Shelton ended up with a triple.
Guillen pulled McCarthy in favor of Neal Cotts, who allowed pinch-hitter Rondell White to hit a game-tying sacrifice fly.
Reliever Cliff Politte worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the eighth, striking out Rodriguez and getting Monroe to hit into a 6-3 double play.
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