- Doug Padilla, ESPN Staff Writer
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How it happened: The White Sox ended up on the right side of a slugfest as Adam Dunn's two home runs bested Jose Bautista's two. The White Sox’s 10 runs were a season high. Both starters struggled, as the White Sox’s Dylan Axelrod gave up six runs on eight hits over four innings, while the Blue Jays’ R.A. Dickey gave up seven runs on 10 hits over five innings. Jesse Crain pitched out of a jam in the eighth inning to deliver his 26th consecutive scoreless outing.
What it means: This time, the knuckleball was just what the White Sox’s offense needed. Their seven runs in the first four innings already were more than they had scored in all but two of their games. It was a huge departure from the last time the White Sox saw Dickey. On April 18 in Toronto, Dickey held the White Sox scoreless over six innings, and the Sox’s struggles continued when they scored just six runs combined over their next three games, all losses.
Outside the box: The White Sox measured Dunn’s first home run at 444 feet, but ESPN Stats & Information tracked it at 452 feet. Using that information, Dunn’s home run was his longest this season. He also has 23 home runs of 450 feet or more since the start of 2007, the most in baseball. His four hits on the night matched a career high.
Offbeat: The game went through a 1-hour, 10-minute delay in the bottom of the third inning because of fog. When the game resumed, Gordon Beckham lost track of the count and was picked off second base. The White Sox also had postponements and/or delays this season because of cold temperatures, rain and umpires getting stuck in traffic before an early April game at Washington.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.95 ERA) to the mound Tuesday against Toronto in the middle game of the three-game series. The Blue Jays will counter with right-hander Chien-Ming Wang (0-0, 0.00) in the 7:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.