Lee almost missed his chance to extend his streak, the longest in the majors this season, Tuesday night. He was hitless in his first four plate appearances before doubling and scoring in the 10th inning to help Chicago rally for a 7-5 win over Florida in the first-ever matchup between the teams.
Lee’s hitting streak also broke the franchise record set by Luke Appling in 1936 and tied by Albert Belle in 1997.
Timo Perez forced the extra innings Tuesday with a tying, two-run homer in the ninth.
“My teammates came up big,” said Lee, hitting .381 (45-for-118) with 22 RBIs and a home run during the streak. “They gave me another shot and I got the hit. I just told myself to see the good pitches, relax and don’t blow it.”
Lee was pleased to get the team record, but said Joe DiMaggio’s major league record 56-game streak is too far off to consider.
“In this game, when you accomplish something like that, it’s pretty amazing,” he said of the team mark. “I think the 56 is way out there. I was only thinking about the 28. Now, we have to just focus on winning games.”
Frank Thomas had three RBIS and hit a homer—his fourth in the last three games—for the White Sox, who won their third straight while scoring 27 runs in that span.
“This was the biggest comeback we’ve had,” said Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, in his first return to Miami, where he spent the last two years as an assistant with the Marlins. “We went all the way to the last bullet. It was nice to see.”
The Marlins lost for just the second time in 33 games when leading after seven innings.
Mike Lowell snapped an 0-for-28 slump with his 15th homer in the ninth for Florida, which has lost five of its last eight games.