With a steady rain early in the game, and the threat of storms throughout the night, the White Sox extended a courtesy to the 11,210 at U.S. Cellular Field Thursday.
They didn't wait until their last at-bat to produce another come-from-behind victory.
Instead, they took care of their business with a five-run sixth inning en route to a 6-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Billy Koch earned his second save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth. Koch had fans squirming in their seats when he hit the first hitter he faced, Orlando Hudson. After he got a forceout and flyout, manager Ozzie Guillen went to the mound to talk to Koch.
"I just told him to focus on the hitter and not worry about the guy on base," Guillen said.
Koch then struck out Reed Johnson to wrap it up.
Following their script, the Sox took a first-inning lead, only to fall behind and rally for the victory.
Taking it one base at time, the Sox scored five runs in the sixth inning in methodical fashion off four different pitchers.
Trailing 4-1, Magglio Ordonez led off with his seventh home run and third in as many games. It's the fourth time in his career Ordonez has homered in three straight games, most recently last Aug. 5-7.
"Sometimes you have to start with something," Ordonez said.
Both Guillen and Ordonez said the Sox were a little flat at the start of the game, when it looked as though there might be a lengthy rain delay.
"I think when Magglio hit that home run, everyone got charged up," Guillen said. "I don't think we had that fire until [then]."
Frank Thomas followed with a single and the merry-go-round was going. Carlos Lee walked and Paul Konerko singled to load the bases. Kelly Dransfeldt then singled in Thomas, Timo Perez hit into a force to score Lee, and Willie Harris and Juan Uribe singled to score Konerko and Dransfeldt respectively.
The inning took Esteban Loaiza off the hook and helped extend his streak of April wins to nine since joining the Sox.
"I'm not really paying attention to my numbers," said Loaiza, who pitched well enough to go 4-0. "I know that we're winning and that's all I care about."
After being staked to a 1-0 first-inning leadon an RBI-double from ThomasLoaiza immediately surrendered it.
Carlos Delgado homered to left-center to tie the game 1-1. Loaiza then walked Josh Phelps and gave up a two-out, RBI-double to Hudson.
The Blue Jays increased the lead when Gregg Zaun homered in the fourth, and Eric Hinske singled in Delgado in the sixth to give the Jays a 4-1 lead.
After giving up five home runs to the Kansas City Royals in his first two starts of the season, Loaiza went two-straight starts against Tampa Bay without allowing a long ball.
After the two homers Thursday night, Loaiza has allowed seven in 34 innings this season-one every 4.8 innings. He gave up only 17 in 226 innings last season, or one every 13.2 innings.Copyright © 2015, CT Now