CHICAGO — Adam Dunn went 4 for 4 with two homers and five RBIs to overcome two home runs by Toronto’s Jose Bautista and give the Chicago White Sox a 10-6 victory in a game delayed 1 hour, 10 minutes by fog Monday.
Dunn hit a three-run home run off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (5-8) in the fourth inning after he hit a solo shot in the third.
The game was played from the second inning on in fog which became so thick in the third inning that fly balls became an adventure. Umpires stopped play in the third and the fog continued to varying degrees even after the break.
Bautista matched a career high with five RBIs and his first-pitch, first-inning home run with Melky Cabrera on first base gave Toronto a 2-0 lead.
Dunn’s homers gave him his 36th career multi-homer game and he matched a career high with four hits. His five RBIs helped the White Sox score 10 runs in a game for the first time this season.
Chicago starter Dylan Axelrod allowed Bautista’s two-run first-inning and three-run fourth-inning homers, as well as a solo shot by Colby Rasmus in the fifth.
Axelrod lasted four innings and gave up eight hits, six runs and four walks.
Dickey went five innings and allowed seven runs, 10 hits and a walk.
Addison Reed pitched the ninth after Jesse Crain pitched out of an eighth-inning jam as the White Sox bullpen threw five scoreless innings.
Reliever Nathan Jones (2-4) got the victory.
Trailing 2-0, the White Sox rebounded with a five-hit, three-run second inning against Dickey, capped by Alejandro De Aza’s two-run, two-out single. The White Sox loaded the bases with singles by Dunn, Jeff Keppinger and Gordon Beckham.
A sacrifice fly by Hector Gimenez made it 2-1, then De Aza singled to centre to score Keppinger and Beckham.
Dunn made it 4-2 with his solo home run in the third prior to the delay.
Then Bautista made it 5-4 for Toronto with his three-run homer in the fourth. Dunn’s second homer made it 7-5 before Rasmus’ shot made it 7-6.
The White Sox added three runs in the eighth inning helped by two errors by the Blue Jays. Beckham led off with a single and went to third on an error by Edwin Encarnacion. With one out, he scored on an error by Emilio Bonifacio. Paul Konerko and Dunn added RBI singles later in the inning.
Notes: Former White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle returned with the Blue Jays to Chicago for the first time this season. Buehrle will not face the team he pitched 12 seasons for in this series. He is 2-4 with a 5.06 ERA and one of the wins came in Toronto against Chicago. Buehrle called it a “weird” feeling when he had to walk past the White Sox locker room. He was honoured with a standing ovation and a video tribute in the first inning. … Blue Jays manager John Gibbons missed the game due to his son’s high school graduation. Bench coach DeMarlo Hale managed the team in his absence. … White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko played his 2,116th game, pushing him past Nellie Fox into sole possession of second in White Sox history behind on Luke Appling (2,422).