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Raburn puts two on board vs. ChiSox, Indians win 8th in row

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CLEVELAND -- Justin Masterson was quick to pass along credit for the Cleveland Indians' eighth straight victory to the guy who provided him all the support he needed in a 6-1 decision over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

"The story's about Ryan Raburn doing his thing," Masterson said. "That was pretty cool to see."

Raburn homered twice and drove in four runs as the Indians, who have won 13 of 17, completed a four-game sweep of the reeling White Sox.

Raburn, who has played a major role off manager Terry Francona's bench, hit a two-run homer in the third, had an RBI single in the fifth and belted a leadoff home run in the seventh. He has 13 homers and 37 RBI in 173 at-bats while playing mostly against left-handed starters.

"I prepare myself the same way every day whether I'm playing or not," Raburn said. "This is one of those years where everything is going right for me. I'm trying to hold on to it and ride it as long as I can."

Francona pushed for Cleveland's front office to sign Raburn, even though he batted .171 with 12 RBI in 66 games with Detroit last season. He began the season as the Tigers' second baseman but things quickly regressed and he was benched before being sent to the minors.

"He got off to a horrendous start and never really recovered," Francona said. "That happens to a lot of players. We were able to get him because of that. In the role he's in, he does a great job."

The Indians, who have beaten the White Sox eight straight times, moved to within two games of idle Detroit in the AL Central.

"Credit them," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. "They just outplayed us. Today is probably magnified because of what happened earlier in the series."

Cleveland also swept a four-game series in Chicago from June 28-30.

Chicago has dropped seven in a row and is 26 games under .500 for the first time since 1980. The White Sox have lost 13 of 16 and have the second-worst record in the AL.

The Indians, who are a season-high 12 games over .500, won all seven games of their homestand, which began with a three-game sweep against Texas. Cleveland outscored the opposition 40-20 during the seven-game stretch.

Masterson outpitched Chris Sale (6-11) in a matchup of All-Star hurlers. Masterson (13-7) gave up one run in 6 2/3 innings and has won all four of his starts against Chicago this season, allowing three earned runs in 31 2/3 innings.

Raburn's home run off Sale in the third was towering fly ball to right that was pushed by the wind and curled inside the foul pole. He added an RBI single in the Indians' two-run fifth and hit a leadoff homer off Dylan Axelrod in the seventh that landed in the left-field bleachers.

Masterson's bid for his fourth shutout of the season ended on Alejandro De Aza's leadoff homer in the sixth. The right-hander was pulled with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh but Rich Hill got De Aza to hit into a fielder's choice.

Masterson allowed five hits, struck out seven and walked three. He threw complete game shutouts against the White Sox on April 12 in Cleveland, a five-hitter, and on June 30, a six-hitter at U.S. Cellular Field.

Francona said Masterson was battling a stiff neck but the pitcher didn't think that affected him.

"I felt all right," Masterson said. "I was leaving a few sinkers out there at times. I was pitching and battling and trying to make things work. The overall sense is we played well as a team."

Sale has lost all three of his starts against the Indians this season. The left-hander is 1-9 in his past 11 starts but has a 3.24 ERA in that stretch.

Mark Reynolds' run-scoring single -- his second RBI since June 29 -- gave Cleveland the lead in the second.

Asdrubal Cabrera added a sacrifice fly.

Notes

  • Indians OF Michael Brantley struck out in all three at-bats against Sale and is 2 for 16 with eight strikeouts against the left-hander this season.
  • RHP Vinnie Pestano, optioned to Triple-A Columbus when the Indians acquired LHP Marc Rzepczynski, pitched a scoreless inning against Buffalo on Wednesday.
  • Indians OF Michael Bourn, who was 1 for 10 in the series, was not in the starting lineup. All-Star 2B Jason Kipnis also was given the day off.
  • Chicago LHP Hector Santiago (3-6) faces Tigers RHP Doug Fister (9-5) on Friday. The clubs play 12 times over the final two months of the season.
  • The Indians make their first trip to Marlins Park for a three-game series. Cleveland RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (8-5) takes on Miami RHP Jose Fernandez (7-5) in the opener Friday.
 
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Ryan Raburn is a popular guy in the Indians dugout after one of his two home runs in the matinee.  (USATSI)
Ryan Raburn is a popular guy in the Indians dugout after one of his two home runs in the matinee. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

R. Raburn
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Cleveland

J. Masterson
IP 6.2
H 5
ER 1
BB 3
K 7
 

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Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, CF4111014 .274
Alexei Ramirez, SS4000000 .277
Adam Dunn, DH4000010 .214
Dayan Viciedo, LF4000010 .253
Conor Gillaspie, 3B4000010 .245
Jeff Keppinger, 1B3010110 .237
Jordan Danks, RF4020011 .171
Gordon Beckham, 2B2010111 .309
Tyler Flowers, C2000125 .203
Totals3115139  
Batting
HR - Alejandro De Aza (13, Masterson)
RBI - Alejandro De Aza (45)
CS - Jordan Danks (1, 2nd base by Masterson/Gomes)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jordan Danks 1, Dayan Viciedo 1
DP - Jor. Danks-Keppinger
E - Conor Gillaspie (8, Throwing)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Sale (L,6-11) 51055061 2.92
Dylan Axelrod 3411121 5.19
HBP - Gomes (by Chris Sale)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sale 79-59, Dylan Axelrod 45-31
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sale 4-5, Dylan Axelrod 1-4
Batters Faced - Chris Sale 26, Dylan Axelrod 12
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Drew Stubbs, CF4230111 .245
Nick Swisher, 1B5110003 .247
Ryan Raburn, RF4234010 .283
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS3001000 .246
Carlos Santana, DH4130010 .278
Yan Gomes, C3020001 .298
Michael Brantley, LF4000036 .282
Mark Reynolds, 3B4011023 .212
Mike Aviles, 2B4010002 .264
Totals35614618  
Batting
HR - Ryan Raburn 2 (13, Sale)
SF - Asdrubal Cabrera (3)
RBI - Ryan Raburn 4 (37), Asdrubal Cabrera (41), Mark Reynolds (48)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Reynolds (18)
Team LOB - 8
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Masterson (W,13-7) 6.2511371 3.33
Rich Hill (H,10) 1.1000020 6.07
Joe Smith 1000000 3.20
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 104-65, Rich Hill 21-13, Joe Smith 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 8-4, Rich Hill 2-0, Joe Smith 1-2
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 27, Rich Hill 4, Joe Smith 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20189
Game Time - 2:27
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn