White Sox 20, Brewers 8
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Frank Thomas homered and drove in a career-high six runs as the Chicago White Sox routed the Milwaukee Brewers 20-8 Wednesday night in a game that was delayed by fog for nearly two hours.
Umpire crew chief Jim Evans halted the game in the bottom of the first inning when right fielder Danny Tartabull hardly reacted on Kevin Seitzer’s fly ball in the haze.
The game resumed until 1 hour, 50 minutes later after Brewers outfielder Chuckie Carr and White Sox outfielder Dave Martinez took several fungo fly balls without any problems.
The 20 runs given up by the Brewers tied a club record, set on Sept. 6, 1975, when the Brewers lost to Boston 20-6.
Thomas doubled home three runs in the second inning off Ricky Bones (2-6) and tagged Mike Potts for a three-run homer in the third that made it 11-0. Thomas’ six RBIs broke his previous career high of five last achieved on July 9, 1994, at Milwaukee.
The White Sox had 21 hits and scored six times in the second inning and six more in the sixth inning. The barrage in the sixth came with two outs.
Wilson Alvarez (3-3) allowed five earned runs on six hits in five innings. He walked four and struck out eight.
Brian Keyser pitched four innings for his first major league save. The Brewers scored three times in the ninth, two on double by Jeff Cirillo.
Bones gave up eight earned runs on seven hits in one-plus inning, and Potts surrendered seven earned runs on eight hits in 4 2-3 innings. Kevin Wickander gave up five earned runs on five hits in two innings.
Robin Ventura, who hit a two-run double in the first, hit a two-out homer off Potts in the sixth, igniting a six-run rally that was capped by Martinez’s two-run single that made it 17-5.
Harold Baines’ two-run single in the eighth made it 20-5.
Milwaukee manager Phil Garner was ejected in the fifth inning by first base umpire Dale Ford, who changed his mind after ruling that Greg Vaughn’s shot off the top of the padded wall in right was a homer.
After the Brewers pulled to 11-2 on Jose Valentin’s RBI single, Ford ruled that Vaughn’s hit was a three-run homer. He changed it to a one-run double after an argument by Chicago manager Terry Bevington. John Jaha followed with his fourth homer that made it 11-5.
Notes: Chicago second baseman Ray Durham hurt his right foot in the sixth and left the game. ... The White Sox club record for RBIs is eight, last achieved by Ventura on Sept. 4, 1995, against Texas. ... Bevington didn’t reveal that Alvarez was starting until about 90 minutes before the game. He had Joe Magrane penciled in. ... Third base coach Chris Bando took over for the Brewers when Garner was ejected.