It took 62 games, but the White Sox finally found a way to reach double digits on the scoreboard.
It took unusual circumstances (persistent fog that delayed the game for 70 minutes), a couple of eighth-inning Toronto errors and a huge game by Adam Dunn, but they finally scored 10 runs.
In the process, they cut their single-digit streak two games short of history. The 1968 White Sox were held to single digits for the first 63 games of the aptly named Year of the Pitcher, and that's the only such rut longer than the one these Sox ended tonight.
Dunn did most of the driving, going 4-for-4 with two homers, a walk, five RBI, three runs scored, and his second blast was the biggest hit of the night.
Dylan Axelrod had squandered a 4-2 lead in the top of the fourth when he surrendered a second homer to Jose Bautista. But Dunn was able to answer Bautista's three-run shot with one of his own, hitting a towering drive off R.A. Dickey to give the Sox a 7-5 lead.
More than that, he helped cover for an awful baserunning blunder by Gordon Beckham the inning before. The Sox had a two-run lead with the bases loaded and two outs when the umpiring crew decided the fog was too thick to play through. When play resumed an hour and 10 minutes later, Beckham's vision must have been cloudy still.
With a 2-2 count, Alejandro De Aza took a tumbling knuckleball low and away, and catcher Josh Thole came up with it, then took a couple steps toward second. Beckham thought the count was full, and so he took off for third when the pitch was thrown. Everybody else stayed put, and when Beckham decided his best chance was to retreat to second, Thole made a throw to second for the pickoff, ending the threat.
Dunn's homer took Beckham off the hook. In fact, thanks to a stout effort by the bullpen, the Sox had all the runs they needed. Dylan Axelrod -- who wasn't sharp before the fog delay, and didn't look any better after -- only lasted four innings. Nate Jones picked him up with 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and down the line they went.
Matt Thornton got a big strikeout of Adam Lind to end the sixth, then struck out Colby Rasmus to start the second (on a blown checked-swing call by third base umpire Cory Blaser). Matt Lindstrom followed Thornton, but only retired one of four batters he faced, leaving a bases-loaded jam for Jesse Crain..
Crain got Melky Cabrera to pop out to end that threat, and in the eighth, he had to escape a high-pressure situation of his own doing. He allowed a single and a double, putting men on second and third with one out. That put his 26-game scoreless streak in jeopardy, but he extended it to 27 with some help from Alexei Ramirez. Crain snabbed an easy comebacker for the second out, but Ramirez had to range well to his left and make a spinning throw by get J.P. Arencibia by a half-step, preserving the one-run lead.
By the end of the eighth, it wasn't even a save situation anymore. Beckham led off with a single, then moved to third when first baseman Edwin Encarnacion gloved Hector Gimenez's bouncer and airmailed the throw to second. That put runners on the corners, and after De Aza was rung up on an equally dubious checked-swing call by Blaser, Ramirez followed with an uninspiring bouncer to second.
It was such an unremarkable grounder that a drawn-in Emilio Bonifacio didn't even bother looking it into his glove. He was looking at the runner on third, and because of that, the ball bounced under his glove and into right field for a costly error. A run scored, pinch-running Casper Wells moved to third, and that set the table for back-to-back RBI singles by Paul Konerko and Dunn, giving the Sox their ninth and 10th runs.
*Everybody in the White Sox lineup reached base once, including a three-hit game for Ramirez, and two hits and an HBP for Beckham.
*Dickey threw 64 pitches over six innings in his first start against the Sox. Tonight, he threw 98 over five.
*The Blue Jays went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, stranding 12.