TORONTO—The White Sox might be a little groggy when they take the field Friday night against Tampa Bay.
Not only did the Sox play their first 13-inning game of the season Thursday night but they had to wait out a rain delay as well.
The rain clearly didn't bother the Sox, who fought back from a two-run deficit to emerge with a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in a game that lasted 4 hours 12 minutes.
"It was weird to see a rain delay in a dome," Frank Thomas said of the stoppage in the sixth inning. "Escobar (Kelvim, the Jays' starter) was really going well early. He was hitting his spots. Maybe the rain delay hurt him a little bit."
Thomas figured in the decisive 13th. Carlos Lee led it off with an opposite-field double off former Sox right-hander Tanyon Sturtze. Thomas then knocked him in with a single. Then Magglio Ordonez ripped a double past right fielder Bobby Kielty to score Thomas.
Ordonez was thrown out between second and third, but it hardly mattered. The Sox's All-Star right fielder tied a career high Thursday with four hits, improving his average to .684 (13-for-19) over the last five games.
The victory not only extended the Sox's season-high winning streak to seven games, but it also allowed them to make up ground on Kansas City, which lost 6-2 to Minnesota. The Sox are now only four games behind the Royals in the American League Central.
Sox right-hander Jon Garland pitched brilliantly, allowing two runs over seven innings and lowering his career ERA to 2.20 against the Blue Jays.
There were only two blips on Garland's screen--a pair of third-inning walks that led to Frank Catalanotto's RBI groundout and a fifth-inning homer by Eric Hinske.
The Sox struck back in the sixth after the 26-minute rain delay, just the fourth in the 15-year history of the SkyDome.
As showers swept through the area, stadium officials were slow to close the retractable roof, a process that takes about 20 minutes.
Not that the Sox minded the wait.
Carl Everett, down 0-1 in the count to Escobar when the game was postponed, ripped an RBI double to right to put the Sox on the board. Paul Konerko followed with an RBI groundout to tie the game 2-2. That's how it stayed until the 13th.
Damaso Marte and Tom Gordon combined to throw five shutout innings, allowing just one hit, a bunt single.
Rick White gave up a 13th-inning homer to Vernon Wells but survived to record his first save since 2001.