CHICAGO (AP) -- Jim Thome already has as many home runs as he did
Thome and Jermaine Dye hit two-run homers, and Scott Podsednik
broke out of his slump to lift the Chicago White Sox over the
Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Sunday in a game that was stopped by rain
after the top of the fifth inning.
The game was called after a 50-minute delay -- the second of the
Dye went deep in the first, and Thome hit one out in the second
for his seventh home run, equaling his total from last season with
Podsednik tripled, singled and scored two runs after starting
the season 3-for-38 and stole his first base.
Toronto's Vernon Wells singled in the third to extend his
hitting streak to 12 this season and 13 dating to last year.
Chicago's Freddy Garcia took a shutout into the fifth before
running into trouble. With rain pounding the field, he walked four
batters -- two with the bases loaded -- during a four-run rally that
cut the lead to 6-4.
Garcia (2-1) allowed an RBI single to Russ Adams and walked
Wells with the bases loaded to force in a second run with none out.
After Troy Glaus struck out, Lyle Overbay walked to make it 6-3.
Shea Hillenbrand flied to right, but a ground ball by Benji Molina
splashed under second baseman Tadahito Iguchi's glove for an error
that allowed Frank Catalanotto to score.
Garcia then struck out Eric Hinske -- who walked leading off the
inning and scored -- for the final out.
The game was delayed 42 minutes by rain with one out in the top
of the third. By then, the White Sox had built a 5-0 lead against
Josh Towers. A 13-game winner last season, Towers (0-3) allowed
seven hits, including two homers, in two innings.
Podsednik tripled into the right-field corner in the first and
scored on Iguchi's single to center. After a strikeout by Thome and
pop out by Paul Konerko, Dye lined his second homer over the
left-field wall for a 3-0 lead. A.J. Pierzynski and Joe Crede
singled before Rob Mackowiak struck out looking.
The White Sox struck again in the second.
Podsednik started it with a one-out single. Second in the majors
with 59 steals last season, he swiped second base on his first
attempt of the season and moved to third on Towers' balk. With two
out, Thome homered to right to make it 5-0. He also singled and
scored in the fourth.
Acquired for Aaron Rowand in November, Thome looks healthy after
being limited to 59 games by back and elbow problems last season.
The slugger has scored at least one run in each of the first 11
games -- the longest streak to open the season by a major leaguer
since former White Sox star Frank Thomas scored at least one in the
first 14 games of 1994.
Blue Jays RHP Roy Halladay threw in the bullpen Sunday and
felt fine after missing Saturday's start with a sore forearm,
manager John Gibbons said. He is scheduled to throw again on
Wednesday and pitch Saturday against Boston. The 2003 AL Cy Young
Award winner is 1-1 with a 4.20 ERA in two starts. ... White Sox
shortstop Juan Uribe missed his fourth game with a sore left side,
but manager Ozzie Guillen expects him to be available Monday
against Kansas City. ... Upon further review, Guillen was even more
impressed with Iguchi's play on Benji Molina's slow bouncer over
the mound in the ninth inning on Saturday. "When you're sitting in
the dugout, you don't appreciate it," Guillen said. "But when you
see it on the replay ... I think that's one of the best plays I've
ever seen by any infielder." With a runner on and one out, Iguchi
raced in and as he was falling down, threw out Molina at first.