It is difficult to defeat a team 14 consecutive times but the Indians have found a way at a time they desperately needed to do so.

Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer and right-hander Danny Salazar struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings as the Tribe disposed of the White Sox 7-2 Wednesday night at Progressive Field. Paid attendance of 30942 included a walk-up of 5181.

"It was really kind of electric'' Tribe manager Terry Francona said of the atmosphere. "The fans seemed very excited. Hopefully we'll play more games here.''

The Indians (88-70) have won six in a row all part of a homestand that began with four games against Houston. They remain in the second of two wild-card spots.

The Indians completed the 81-game home portion of the scheduled 162-game regular season. But they could be back Monday for a one-game playoff to decide who plays in the wild-card game. In order to avoid regular-season game No. 163 they presumably need to keep winning in a four-game series in Minnesota that begins Thursday night.

"We took care of business at home and now we have to keep it going'' said Michael Brantley who went 3-for-5 with an RBI. "I don't know if words can describe how exciting it is to play meaningful games in September. I wake up every day and can't wait to get to the ballpark.''

The White Sox (62-96) finished 2-17 against the Indians. Last year the White Sox were 85-77 overall and the Tribe was 68-94.

The Indians continue to pound on teams currently below .500. They are 52-18 in those games.

"Teams are in the major leagues for a reason'' Brantley said. "There are good players on the other side. It is our job to be better than they are on that day.''