CLEVELAND -- Ryan Raburn had three hits, including two home runs, and Justin Masterson pitched into the seventh inning to earn his 13th win as the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox, 6-1, Thursday afternoon.
The Indians extended their winning streak to eight games by sweeping the four-game series. Cleveland pulled to within two games of the first-place Detroit Tigers in the Central Division.
The last-place White Sox, who have lost seven straight, dropped to 26 games below .500 for the first time in 33 years. Chicago (40-66) hasn't been this far below even since they were 62-88 on Sept. 24, 1980.
The Indians, who went 7-0 on the home stand that ended Thursday, beat White Sox ace Chris Sale for the third time this season. Sale (6-11), who gave up Raburn's first home run, pitched five innings and was charged with five runs on 10 hits.
Masterson (13-7) lasted 6 2/3 innings, giving up one run on five hits. The only run allowed by Masterson came on an Alejandro De Aza home run leading off the sixth. Cleveland collected 14 hits, three each by Raburn, Drew Stubbs and Carlos Santana.
The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI single by Mark Reynolds. Cleveland extended its lead to 3-0 in the third, when Stubbs reached on an infield single and trotted home on Raburn's first homer, an opposite field poke that just cleared the right field wall near the foul pole.
The Indians sent eight men to the plate and scored two more runs in the fifth. Stubbs and Nick Swisher led off with singles. Stubbs scored on an infield single by Raburn, and Swisher came home on a sacrifice fly by Asdrubal Cabrera to make it 5-0.
Raburn's second long ball, his 13th of the season, was a solo shot off reliever Dylan Axelrod, leading off the seventh.
Notes: The Indians are in Miami Friday night for the start of a three-game series, the only road games during a stretch in which they 14 of 17 games at home. ... The Indians have swept two four-game series from the White Sox this season. It's the first time the Indians have swept two four-game series from one opponent in a season since they did it to the Kansas City Royals in 1960. ... Left-handed hitters are hitting .135 vs. Sale. Michael Brantley, the only lefty in the Indians' starting lineup, went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts vs. the White Sox lefty. ... Paul Konerko needs one more home run to tie teammate Adam Dunn and Cal Ripken Jr. (431) for 43rd place on the all-time list.