The Indians are all about keeping the line moving on the mound and at the plate. It has been moving well of late.

Justin Masterson went 6 2/3 innings and Ryan Raburn hit two homers Thursday afternoon as the Indians completed a four-game sweep of Chicago with a 6-1 victory at Progressive Field. They have won eight straight games matching their longest winning streak of the season.

Masterson is making the footprints that his fellow starters are stepping in when they follow him to the mound. He's 3-0 with a 1.28 ERA in three starts since the All-Star break and couldn't be happier for the guys behind him.

"Seeing the starters go out there every single one of us and pitch really well. . .we feed off that a lot" said Masterson. "The confidence comes from seeing Zach (McAllister) Corey (Kluber) Ubaldo (Jimenez) and Kaz (Scott Kazmir) get out there and do their thing. We've got something really good working for us right now."

In the last 19 games the rotation is 9-2 with a 2.18 ERA (31 earned runs in 128 innings). Since victory walks hand-in-hand with good starting pitcher it's not surprising the Indians are 14-5 in that stretch.

The Indians went 7-0 on the homestand against Texas and the White Sox. They have swept two four-game series from Chicago this season for the first time in franchise history. Chicago has lost seven straight.

Masterson is 4-0 with a 0.85 ERA in four starts this season against the White Sox. Among the four victories are two complete-game shutouts. On Thursday he allowed one run five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.

"He had real good sink on his pitches" said manager Terry Francona. "On a day when the ball was really flying to right field it was a good day to have sink."

The game was billed as a pitching duel between All-Stars Masterson (13-7 3.33) and lefty Chris Sale (6-11 2.85). Masterson whose 13 wins are the most he's ever won in one season delivered. Sale did not and it was mostly because of the line of hitters that Francona kept sending to the plate. Particularly Raburn a career .296 (83-for-280) hitters with 15 homers and 61 career RBI against Chicago.

"When we talk about keeping the line moving on days like today Raburn a good guy to have in there" said Francona. "They have to respect his bat he's a threat and he keeps the line moving."

Raburn 3-for-4 with four RBI is hitting .283 (49-for-173) with 13 homers and 37 RBI. He started in right field Thursday because Drew Stubbs moved to center when Michael Bourn was rested against Sale.