White Sox 4, Blue Jays 3, 13 innings

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TORONTO (AP)—A rain delay at SkyDome helped the Chicago White Sox win their seventh straight game.

Frank Thomas hit a go-ahead single in the 13th inning as the White Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 Thursday night in a game that featured just the fourth rain delay in Skydome history.

Toronto’s Kelvim Escobar was working on a shutout in the top of the sixth, when a sudden shower arrived with the retractable roof open.

“It was weird to see a rain delay in a dome,” Thomas said. “Escobar was really going well early. He was hitting his spots. Maybe the rain delay hurt him a little bit.”

Ahead 2-0, Escobar was pitching to Carl Everett with two on when the game was halted as lightning flashed. The rain sent fans scurrying for cover, and they booed as the grounds crew scrambled for the tarpaulins.

The 26-minute stoppage was the longest rain delay at SkyDome, which opened in 1989.

When the game resumed, Everett hit an RBI double into the corner in right field. Toronto’s Bobby Kielty gingerly fielded the ball on the wet warning track.

Paul Konerko followed with an RBI grounder, tying it at 2.

“He was pitching extremely well. He was on,” Chicago manager Jerry Manuel said of Escobar. “It slowed him down a little bit. The heavens opened up and we got the win.”

But Toronto manager Carlos Tosca wasn’t about to use the rain delay as an excuse, especially since Carlos Lee and Magglio Ordonez had singled just before the stoppage.

“They were in the middle of a momentum swing there,” Tosca said. “If anything, it should have been in our favor. He makes a good pitch to Everett, who ends up blooping it down the line.”

Escobar wasn’t available after the game.

With the score tied at 2 in the 13th, Lee led off with a double off Tanyon Sturtze (6-5) before Thomas singled to center. Ordonez’s RBI double gave the White Sox a crucial insurance run.

Ordonez went 4-for-6, tying a career high in hits.

Chicago’s Damaso Marte, Tom Gordon (5-5) and Rick White combined for six innings of relief, holding Toronto scoreless until Vernon Wells hit his 27th homer with two out in the 13th.

Gordon pitched 2 1-3 innings for the win, and White pitched the 13th for his first save.

Escobar, who is eligible for free agency after the season, could be dealt before the July 31 trade deadline. He took a two-hit shutout into the sixth but ended up with a no-decision, allowing two runs on five hits in seven innings.

Chicago starter Jon Garland issued back-to-back walks to Orlando Hudson and Mike Bordick in the third before Frank Catalanotto hit an RBI grounder one out later.

Eric Hinske gave Toronto a 2-0 lead in the fifth with his seventh home run.

Notes

The White Sox are two games over .500 for the first time since May 1. … The 13-inning game was the longest of the season for both teams. … This was the first rain delay at SkyDome since July 21, 1994. There was a 35-minute delay at the park on Aug. 27, 1990, when a swarm of bugs flew in. Fog forced a 14-minute delay in 1997. … Attendance was 18,438. … Garland allowed two runs on four hits in seven-plus innings. … Escobar entered the game 1-8 withan 8.41 ERA in 14 appearances against Chicago.

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