CHICAGO (AP) — The 47-minute top of fifth inning Thursday night epitomized a dismal season for the Chicago White Sox.
Ryan Raburn went 3 for 3 with a homer and five RBIs, and the Cleveland Indians routed the White Sox 14-3 to remain 1 1-2 games out of the second AL wild-card spot.
The Indians blew the game open with a seven-run, rain-delayed fifth inning, when their first nine batters reached base. The nightmare inning for the White Sox included a 17-minute rain delay.
Charlie Leesman, who relieved struggling Chicago starter John Danks (4-13), faced seven hitters, all of whom scored in the fifth.
"Not good. Yeah. Today all the way around wasn't good and it wasn't a good game to sit through, watch, anything," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said in a brief postgame news conference.
The White Sox fell 30 games below .500.
Nick Swisher had a solo homer and three RBIs, and Asdrubal Cabrera added a solo shot to support starter Corey Kluber (9-5), who won his second straight start after missing a month with a sprained right middle finger. The right-hander gave up two runs and six hits in five innings.
Relievers Josh Tomlin, Vinnie Pestano and Preston Guilmet worked the next four innings, allowing one unearned run.
Danks lasted four innings and allowed seven runs, nine hits and three walks in his third straight loss.
Danks was unable to adjust with his changeup not working.
"I'll tell you what, if I had a reason I would've fixed it," Danks said. "I just couldn't do what I wanted to do. Nothing worked. I threw the ball over where I wasn't supposed to throw it. It's embarrassing. This is supposed to be the major leagues and I went out there and pitched like that. I didn't belong tonight."
Chicago reliever Dylan Axelrod pitched five innings to close the game, allowing no runs and four hits.
In Danks' last three outings, the left-hander has given up 17 runs in 14 1-3 innings.
"I had trouble with everything. Nothing was good," Danks said. "Obviously the changeup is a big pitch for me. When that is not good I need to be able to fall back on the cutter, curveball and those weren't good either. I don't know what else to tell you all.
"I am embarrassed about how it went. I feel bad for these guys that they had to stand out there and watch me do what I did."