|Cleveland (44-38) «||0||0||0||2||1||0||0||0||1||4||10||0|
|Chi. White Sox (32-47)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||0|
CHICAGO -- Justin Masterson was able to rely on his defense in his major league-leading third shutout of the season.
Masterson (10-6) gave up six hits, struck out eight and walked one. He blanked the White Sox for the second time this year.
"We've had such great defense, [you] try and let them hit it," he said. "They were aggressive, took a real aggressive approach swinging early. ... We made a lot of double plays and they were pretty double plays."
Masterson faced the minimum through six innings thanks to two double plays and a pickoff.
"Once he got through the first inning, then he kicked it in gear and started getting the velocity back up and using all his pitches," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He was terrific."
Masterson struck out Alex Rios looking to end the game.
"I felt like at the point where we were at, no matter how good I felt, Rios was probably my last hitter, so I better get him out," said Masterson, who threw 112 pitches.
The win moved Cleveland into a virtual tie with Detroit atop the AL Central.
"When we can win a game like that today, where we rest a couple guys, try to stay away from guys in the bullpen, that's a good team win," Francona said.
The White Sox have lost 23 of 31 and fallen a season-high 15 games under .500.
Yan Gomes got three hits as the Indians won for the 10th time in 13 games.
Chris Sale (5-7) struck out 10 while allowing three runs in eight innings. He recorded double-digit strikeouts for the fourth time this season.
Sale was perfect through the first three innings before Drew Stubbs led off the fourth with a bunt single.
Sale went 0-5 with a 3.19 ERA in June -- the White Sox scored a total of nine runs during his six starts in the month. Sale hasn't won since May 17 against the Los Angeles Angels.
"When you face Sale, you got to figure you're not going to get a whole lot of runs," Francona said. "His stuff is so filthy. [Stubbs] laying down that bunt was so big, made him pitch out of the stretch, and Rayburn hits a double. We did a really good job getting what we got."
Stubbs hit an RBI double in the ninth.
The White Sox put two on in the seventh before Rios hit into a double play and Adam Dunn struck out.
"If he's throwing what he's capable of like today, he's tough on lefties and righties," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "You would think where he delivers from it would be easier for lefties. But when you can move it around and have a slider like that, a slider and a sinker, it doesn't make it easy on either side."
|Justin Masterson throws a complete-game shutout as the surging Indians move into a tie for first place. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Drew Stubbs, CF||5||1||2||1||0||3||2||.241|
|Mike Aviles, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||0||4||.258|
|Asdrubal Cabrera, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.268|
|Ryan Raburn, RF||3||1||1||1||1||2||1||.262|
|Carlos Santana, DH||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.269|
|Mark Reynolds, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.233|
|Michael Brantley, LF||4||2||2||0||0||2||0||.275|
|Yan Gomes, C||4||0||3||0||0||0||0||.284|
|Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B||4||0||0||1||0||2||3||.229|
|2B - Drew Stubbs (14, Jones), Asdrubal Cabrera (19, Sale), Ryan Raburn (10, Sale), Yan Gomes (6, Sale)|
|RBI - Drew Stubbs (30), Ryan Raburn (26), Carlos Santana (34), Lonnie Chisenhall (17)|
|2-OUT RBI - Drew Stubbs (13), Ryan Raburn (18), Carlos Santana (19)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Aviles-A. Cabrera-Reynolds, Aviles-A. Cabrera-Reynolds-Chisenhall-Aviles-Reynolds, Aviles-A. Cabrera-Reynolds-Chisenhall-Aviles-Reynolds-Chisenhall-Aviles-Reynolds, Aviles-A. Cabrera-Reynolds-Chisenhall-Aviles-Reynolds-Chisenhall-Aviles-Reynolds-A. Cabrera-Aviles-Reynolds|
|Justin Masterson (W,10-6)||9||6||0||0||1||8||0||3.48|
|HBP - A. Ramirez (by Justin Masterson)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 112-73|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 10-4|
|Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 30|
|Chicago (A.L.) White Sox|
|Alejandro De Aza, LF||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||.264|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.280|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.268|
|Adam Dunn, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.198|
|Jeff Keppinger, DH||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.248|
|Conor Gillaspie, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.251|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.309|
|Jordan Danks, CF||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.139|
|Tyler Flowers, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.213|
|PK - Alejandro De Aza (2, Masterson)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|Chicago (A.L.) White Sox|
|Chris Sale (L,5-7)||8||7||3||3||1||10||0||2.79|
|WP - Chris Sale 2 (6)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sale 123-80, Matt Lindstrom 14-11, Matt Thornton 4-3, Nate Jones 2-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sale 4-10, Nate Jones 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Chris Sale 32, Matt Lindstrom 3, Matt Thornton 1, Nate Jones 2|
|Attendance - 27032|
|Game Time - 2:29|
|Temperature - 69|
|Umpires - Home - Quinn Wolcott, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Wally Bell|