CHICAGO (AP) - Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey was flummoxed by the fog.
Dickey had an easy first but the fog rolled in after that and he gave up two long home runs to Adam Dunn in five innings, and the Chicago White Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 10-6 Monday night in a game delayed by fog for over an hour.
``I've been playing for a long time and that's the first game I've ever played in those situations,' said Dickey, who gave up seven runs overall. ``It was challenging, I didn't really have anything to go back and say, `OK, I've done this and this in these situations.' It was the first time I've ever played in those conditions. It was tough. But I had opportunities to make big pitches with two outs. ``
Dunn went 4 for 4 with five RBIs, his big hit being a three-run homer off Dickey (5-8) in the fourth to put the White Sox up 7-5.
``Unfortunately the knuckleball is tough sometimes,' Dickey said. ``When it doesn't break, it can just sit there on a tee for guys like Adam Dunn to hit it out of the park and that's what he did.'
The game was played from the second inning on in fog which became so thick in the third that flyballs became an adventure.
Umpires stopped play in the third and the fog continued to varying degrees even after the 1 hour, 10 minute delay.
Blue Jays bench coach DeMarlo Hale, filling in for manager John Gibbons who was at his son's graduation, felt the umpires did the best they could to manage the situation.
``It was a tough situation and (crew chief) Jim Joyce communicated very well with both clubs,' Hale said. ``It was tough because it was coming in, it was clear a little bit, then the wind would bring some more in. When he stopped it I thought that the wind had died down and the fog just kinda stayed. It was a tough situation for him to be in and I thought he did a very good job of handling the situation. He made it clear to me that the most important thing was the safety of the players.'
The Blue Jays got off to a good start when Jose Bautista delivered a first-pitch homer in the first with Melky Cabrera aboard to give Toronto a 2-0 lead.
Bautista again gave the Blue Jays the lead in the fourth when he hit his second home run of the evening, this one a three-run shot, to give Toronto a short-lived 5-4 lead.
It was Bautista's 20th multihomer game and his five RBIs tied a career high.
``I've been seeing the ball better the last couple days and took advantage of a couple balls right over the heart of the plate,' Bautista said. ``I was looking for a fastball over the plate, I got it and I was able to take advantage. There were some at_bats where I still got some pitches to hit and I didn't square them up. That was the difference in the result.'
Chicago starter Dylan Axelrod allowed both of Bautista's home runs as well as a solo shot by Colby Rasmus in the fifth.
``It was tough to make out even Bautista in right field from the dugout,' Axelrod said of the foggy evening. ``Those flyballs I was kind of cringing every time. It was nice, too, I didn't see all those home runs go out, so that's cool.'
Axelrod lasted four innings and gave up eight hits, six runs and four walks.
Dunn's longballs gave him his 36th career multihomer game and he matched a career high with four hits.
``Obviously like I've said before it's tough to tell you all each and every day how good you feel and you look up and it's 0 for 4,' Dunn said. ``Tonight was good. It felt good. It feels better to get this game in and win.'
Addison Reed pitched the ninth after Jesse Crain worked out of an eighth-inning jam as the White Sox bullpen threw five scoreless innings. Reliever Nathan Jones (2-4) pitched 1 2-3 shutout innings for the victory.
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 honored with a standing ovation and a video tribute in the first inning. ... Gibbons missed the game due to his son's high school graduation. ... 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). ... Chien-Ming Wang makes his debut with the Blue Jays and will be opposed by Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.95 ERA).
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