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Indians 6, White Sox 1: Swept again

Chris Sale throws five unsuccessful innings as slide continues

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Bullet points, since I speed-watched it:

*The game was essentially over when Ryan Raburn hit a flyball to right field that everybody -- Raburn, Chris Sale, Jordan Danks -- looked unimpressed by. Then it kept carrying, and carrying, and it ended up a few rows deep inside the right-field foul pole. That gave the Indians a 3-0 lead.

*Sale gave up five runs on 10 hits over five innings, and the nine other hits were singles, including a couple of bad BABIP moments involving Conor Gillaspie at third.

*The homer seemed to take the air out of his sails. When he struck out two batters with the bases loaded to escape the fifth, he wasn't particularly responsive in any way afterward. He threw 79 pitches, a season low.

*Then again, it didn't really matter. The Sox only gave him one run of support -- an Alejandro De Aza solo shot off Justin Masterson. They mounted just five hits and three walks off Masterson and the Indians bullpen all day.

*Jordan Danks made his first start since his recall, and had a decent game. He scored the first hit off Masterson and made an on-target one-hop throw to get Drew Stubbs at first after he didn't pick up the ball on a hit-and-run, resulting in the rare 9-3 double play. He was caught stealing on a busted hit-and-run, but counting on Tyler Flowers to make contact against a righty-killer like Masterson seems like a poor wager.

*Dylan Axelrod did what he had to do, finishing the game with three decent innings. Raburn's hit another homer for the game's final run, his 16th against the White Sox. That's his highest total against any team (the Royals are next with 11, but only 23 RBI; he's got 61 of those against the Sox).

*The Indians pulled off a four-game sweep of the Sox for the second time this season. It's the first time they've done that against any team in one year since they victimized the Kansas City Athletics in 1960.

Record: 40-66 | Box score | Play-by-play | "Highlights"