Indians 14, White Sox 3

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CHICAGO -- Nick Swisher, Ryan Raburn and Asdrubal Cabrera homered, and the Cleveland Indians routed the Chicago White Sox 14-3 on Thursday night to keep pace in the American League playoff hunt.

The Indians scored four times in the first inning and seven runs in the fifth to break the game open. They remained 1 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay for the second AL wild-card spot.

Raburn was 3-for-3 with five RBIs before he was replaced by a pinch-runner in the fifth. Every Cleveland starter except Mike Aviles had at least one hit.

In the fifth alone -- an inning that included a 17-minute rain delay -- the Indians sent 11 to the plate and didn't make an out until the 10th batter. Chicago's Charlie Leesman faced seven batters without getting an out and gave up seven runs, three hits and four walks.

Cleveland also continued its dominance of the White Sox, winning its ninth straight over Chicago this season and improving to 12-2 against its AL Central rival.

Corey Kluber (9-5) was the beneficiary of the Indians' offense. He pitched five innings and allowed six hits and two runs, winning his second consecutive start.

John Danks, meanwhile, struggled again for the White Sox. Danks (4-13) lasted four innings and gave up seven runs (six earned) and nine hits to drop his third straight decision for Chicago, which fell 30 games below .500 for the first time since ending the 1976 season at 64-97. The 11-run loss was also Chicago's largest of the year.

Raburn, who had been bothered by his left heel, hit his 17th career homer against the White Sox in just his 89th career game facing Chicago.

And despite the dominant offense, Thursday wasn't even the most runs that the Indians have scored against the White Sox. On June 28 in the first game of a doubleheader, the Cleveland beat Chicago 19-10.

Though that wasn't matched, Cleveland started another assault of Chicago pitching early.

Cleveland jumped in front in the first inning, scoring four times on two home runs against Danks.

Swisher, who wasn't in the Cleveland lineup on Wednesday, took an 0-1 pitch with one out and hit it into the left-field bleachers for his 18th homer of the season, giving the Indians a 1-0 lead. Then after Kipnis singled and Carlos Santana walked, Raburn hit a 1-2 delivery just over the left-field fence to put Cleveland in front 4-0.

The home runs were the 27th and 28th allowed by Danks this season, matching a career high set in 2007 and 2009.

Cleveland took a 5-0 lead in the second on Kipnis' two-out double to the left-field corner that drove in Swisher, who reached on Marcus Semien's error. The unearned run was the 71st surrendered by the White Sox.

Paul Konerko got the White Sox on the board in the second when he lined a 3-2 Kluber pitch into the first row of the left-field bleachers to cut Cleveland's lead to 5-1. Konerko's homer was his 11th of the season and his first since Sept. 2 at New York.

Raburn and the Indians got the run back in the third when he scored on Aviles' sacrifice fly to right. Raburn led off with a walk and got to third with one out on Yan Gomes' double to deep center.

The White Sox pulled to 6-2 in the third when Alejandro De Aza's single to right brought in Semien, who led off the inning with a ground-rule double.

Cleveland scored for the fourth straight inning when Kipnis' sacrifice fly to right brought in Michael Bourn, who tripled to lead off the fourth. Danks avoided more damage when Santana was thrown out at home to end the inning when Raburn doubled down the left-field line.

That was Danks' last pitch of the night, but it didn't stop Cleveland's offensive onslaught. After Leesman replaced Danks in the fifth, Cabrera started the seven-run inning with his 12th homer, giving the Indians an 8-2 lead.

After Gomes and Aviles walked, the game was delayed by rain for 17 minutes. Leesman returned and walked Drew Stubbs to load the bases before Bourn's single to right drove in Gomes. Swisher then singled to center, bringing in two more.

Kipnis walked to load the bases again and Leesman was replaced by Dylan Axelrod, who gave up an RBI single to Santana. Raburn then got his third hit, driving in two more to give Cleveland a 14-2 lead, and then was taken out of the game for a pinch runner.

NOTES: Cleveland RPH Justin Masterson played catch from 90 feet. Masterson left his Sept. 2 start against Baltimore with a strained left oblique. Indians manager Terry Francona said there were "no issues, no problems" and "we'll just continue that progression." Francona said any possible return depends on "how quickly he comes back" healthy. ... White Sox 3B Conor Gillaspie was out of the lineup for the second straight day. Gillaspie made three errors on Tuesday and struck out swinging as a pinch-hitter to end Wednesday's 1-0 loss to Detroit. ... Raburn started in left field for Cleveland. Raburn only started two games on the Indians' nine-game homestand because of left heel problems. "I think some days are better than others and sometimes he'll do something and he"ll feel it," Francona said. "So we kind of keep an eye on him." ... Friday's pitching matchup is Cleveland's Danny Salazar (1-2, 2.92 ERA) against Chicago's Hector Santiago (4-8, 3.44 ERA).
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