This game was a microcosm of the season series, as the Tribe has beaten the Sox 12 out of 14 times.
The Tribe raced to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Nick Swisher hit a solo home run, his 18th of the year, while Ryan Raburn connected with a three-run blast, his 16th.
Jason Kipnis drove in two more runs with a double in the second and a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Mike Aviles also had a sacrifice fly in the third.
Not satisfied with a 7-2 lead in the fourth over John Danks (4-13) and the Sox, Cleveland overwhelmed Chicago with seven more runs in the fifth inning. Sox reliever Charlie Leesman faced seven batters and didn’t get any of them out.
Highlights included a solo home run by Asdrubal Cabrera, his 12th, and two-run singles by Swisher and Raburn (pictured). A rain delay was part of the big inning as well.
The tidal wave of run support made life easy for Tribe starter Corey Kluber (9-5), who pitched for five innings, giving up two runs.
Josh Tomlin made his return from Tommy John surgery, pitching a pair of scoreless innings in relief.
The Indians’ win moved them within six games of Detroit for the AL Central Division lead and kept them 1.5 games behind Tampa Bay in the wild-card race.
Danny Salazar (1-2) will pitch today for Cleveland in a matinee game at 2:10 p.m. Eastern.
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