Justin Masterson tossed a 6-hit shutout and the Cleveland Indians grabbed a 4-0 win over Chicago on Sunday afternoon that concluded a 4-game sweep over the host White Sox in Chicago for the first time since 1948.
The Tribe, which split four in Baltimore before coming to Chicago, moved into a first place tie with Detroit, which lost on Sunday at Tampa, 3-1. Detroit is 43-37 (.537) while the Indians sit at 44-38 (.538).
Masterson, who shut out the White Sox 1-0 back on April 12 in Cleveland, struck out eight and walked one to go with a hit batter in going the distance and moving his record to 10-6.
The Indians, 6-2 on their current 11-game road trip that continues Tuesday in Kansas City, got all the runs needed in the second when Ryan Raburn brought home a run with a double and Carlos Santana followed with an RBI single.
Chris Sale (5-7) had retired the first nine hitters he faced before Drew Stubbs reached on a bunt to lead off the fourth. Two outs later, Raburn made it 1-0 with his double and Santana made it 2-0 with his lone hit on the day.
The Indians added a run in the fifth when Lonnie Chisenhall hit a ground ball out with one out and runners on second and third. The Tribe closed the scoring in the ninth against the White Sox bullpen when Stubbs double home Michael Brantley.
Cleveland got two singles and a double from Yan Gomes who was stranded at third twice while Brantley had two hits and scored two of the four Cleveland runs.
Stubbs also had two hits and an RBI, struck out the other three times at the plate.
The White Sox hurt their own cause by hitting in to four double plays on ground balls to the left side by four different players.
Only in the ninth did Masterson allow a runner to second. With two outs, Masterson allowed a single to Alejandro DeAza and hit Alexei Ramirez with a pitch before striking out Alex Rios to end the game.
The last time the Tribe swept a 4-game series in Chicago was in 1948. Satchel Paige, Steve Gromek were winners in single games before Bob Feller and Bob Lemon helped the Indians sweep a double header on Aug. 15 at old Comiskey Park. That pushed the Indians into a 1-1/2 game lead over the Philadelphia A’s in the American League standings.
The sweep this weekend also allowed the Indians to close June at 15-13 that included an 8-game losing streak.
Cleveland will follow the 3-game set in Kansas City with a 10-game home stand that begins Friday with the first of four against Detroit.