Terry Francona is not one to break up a regular season into months, or weeks. The Indians manager prefers to embrace the daily grind until the games add up to 162.

Francona's players, though, undoubtedly would prefer to hit the reset button after a miserable first month-plus. That way, they can focus on their dominance in May.

The Indians amassed 13 hits, including homers by Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley, in rolling to a 12-5 victory over the White Sox on Friday night at Progressive Field. Santana finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and three runs. Brantley was 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs.

The Indians matched their season-high for runs, also achieved against the White Sox on April 12 in Chicago. They fell one run shy of their total output on a West Coast trip to San Francisco and Anaheim, Calif., that resulted in a six-game losing streak.

The final defeat on the trip, Wednesday against the Angels, occurred on the last day of April. The Indians closed at 11-17 in the first month, which, for practical purposes, includes Opening Day on March 31.

A day off Thursday provided the opportunity to reinvigorate the bodies and unscramble the brains.

Tribe hitters swung like a relaxed and rested group against the White Sox.

"We did some really good things offensively,'' Francona said.

Indians first baseman Nick Swisher, who went 1-for-3 with one RBI, two runs and two walks, is happy that the calendar flipped to May. He is not happy with the way his team has been covered to date.

"With where we are right now, obviously it's not where we want to be,'' Swisher said. "Obviously we'd love to be undefeated -- but it's a tough league. That month of April, with two West Coast trips, a couple of doubleheaders mixed in there -- it was a rough go. It's nice to get out of April, get into May and start off with a win.

"We kind of got off to a rough start. There have been a lot of bad things written about this team in the papers. We pay attention to all that stuff. There was a lot of stress in here that first month of the season, with people saying things, people writing things. We have to step up together as a group, because if it's going to be done, it's going to be done in here. Regardless of what's going on outside of this locker room, we have to stick together.''

The Indians entered the season with high expectations after going 92-70 and making the playoffs in 2013. Swisher is preaching patience.

"Last year, we had such a great year,'' he said. "We changed the attitude of this organization. We changed the way people think about us. We just have to continue to go out there. We know it's not going to be an easy run for us, but this team is streaky. We can get hot. We can rattle off five, 10, 15 in a row. It'd be nice to do that right now.