Swisher, Indians top White Sox
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer in Cleveland's finale at Progressive Field, and the playoff-hopeful Indians finished their lopsided season series against the Chicago White Sox with a 7-2 victory.
The Indians control their postseason fate thanks to a run of six straight wins and 11 in their last 13 games. They lead the Texas Rangers by 1 1/2 games for the AL's second wild card spot with four games remaining against the Minnesota Twins. The Rangers are currently in progress against the Astros.
Tuesday's win completed a sweep of the two-game series and Cleveland's 14th consecutive victory against its AL Central rival.
Asdrubal Cabrera drove in two runs, Michael Brantley went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI and Danny Salazar (2-3) picked up his first victory since his major league debut on July 11. The rookie right-hander struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings while scattering six hits and two runs.
The White Sox, who went 2-17 against Cleveland this year, went a franchise- worst 26-55 on the road and are on pace to finish in last place for the first time since 1989.
Dylan Axelrod (4-11) was the latest Chicago pitcher to underperform, as he surrendered five runs -- three earned -- on eight hits over 5 2/3 frames.
09/25 22:21:40 ET