"All the guys are starting to swing the bat now, and pitching has been there," Rowand said. "We've got it going right now and hopefully we'll continue that the next couple of series."
The start of the game was delayed 36 minutes by rain but did not cool off the rookie Baldelli, who homered and drove in four runs in the
' 10-6 win on Saturday.
"I just ran into one," Baldelli said. "I just happened to be looking in the right spot and he threw it right where I was looking, so I was fortunate."
But Colon did not allow another hit until
's ground-rule double with one out in the top of the seventh, by which point his teammates had staked him to a 7-1 lead.
"He was real tough,"
said of Colon. "He had his good stuff working, and not only that, he was hitting his spots. When you combine both of those together, you get
Colon (8-9), who improved to 5-0 in eight lifetime starts against Tampa Bay, won his second straight start after a four-game losing streak. He retired 17 batters in a row in one stretch in a win over Cleveland on Tuesday.
"He pitched extremely well with a low pitch count," Chicago manager
said of Colon, who threw 71 of his 88 pitches for strikes. "He had a good fastball and he made off-speed pitches when he needed to."
Colon, who struck out eight batters without a walk, was not feeling well after the game and did not speak with the media.
"We couldn't mount anything off of him,"
said. "He had a pretty good game plan, actually. He threw a lot of fastballs early and then mixed up his curveball and changeup in the middle part of the game. Then he came back with his fastball at the end."
(3-8), who gave up six runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, fell to 0-5 in seven starts since a win on May 13.
Chicago took the lead for good, 2-1, in the third inning on a throwing error by Rolls that allowed
to score from second base. Rowand was credited with an infield hit on the play.
made it 4-1 with a two-run double in the fourth inning before Thomas broke open the game with his 25th homer of the season, a two-run shot with one out in the fifth.
"When we stay focused, this team has the good," Konerko said. "When we're dialed in and have the intensity we need, there's nothing this team really lacks."
Thomas added an RBI single in the sixth before Rowand capped the scoring with a two-run shot off
in the eighth.
"I just want to be aggressive," Thomas said. "I'm not really concerned about revenge anymore. I'm just going to take my shots and just hit the ball with authority to help set a tone."
Tampa Bay failed to win its first road series since May 16-18 at Baltimore.
Lee evened the score, 1-1, in the second inning with his 19th homer of the season, which extended his hitting streak to 11 games.