ChiWS 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 4
Cle 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 5
Date of game: 9/24/2013

Recap: Cleveland vs. Chicago WSox

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Jason Giambi turned a bitter Progressive Field crowd into a raucous mad house on Tuesday -- and maybe saved Cleveland's playoff fate in the process.

Giambi, who came in hitting .177 and had not gone deep since Aug. 14, crushed a game-winning two-run homer in the ninth inning to propel the surging Indians to a 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

A chorus of boos rained down on Indians closer Chris Perez after he yielded a tying solo homer to Dayan Viciedo and a go-ahead shot to Alejandro De Aza in the top of the ninth.

The sudden shift in momentum was an afterthought when Michael Brantley singled with one away to bring the go-ahead run to the plate in the form of Giambi, who dramatically smacked a no-doubter into the right-field seats off Addison Reed (5-4) for his 10th career walk-off homer.

"I reacted down and in to a slider and got the bat head to it," said the 42- year-old Giambi. "I'm speechless."

The Indians' fifth straight win -- and 13th in a row over the White Sox -- kept them in control of the second AL wild card spot. They hold a one-game lead over the Texas Rangers with five remaining -- one against Chicago and four against the Minnesota Twins.

Brantley went 3-for-4 at the plate with a home run and two RBI in the win, which clinched Chicago's record-tying 54th road loss of the year.

"We have to have thick skin and bounce back," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.

Bryan Shaw (6-3) stranded two runners in the ninth to pick up the win after Perez served up Viciedo's leadoff homer and De Aza's go-ahead solo blast.

White Sox starter Hector Santiago allowed three runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings of a no-decision. His counterpart, Ubaldo Jimenez, was pulled in a tie game, 1-1, with two on and one out in the seventh frame.

De Aza greeted reliever Cody Allen with an RBI single, but Allen limited the damage to one run that the Indians got back on the first pitch of the bottom half, as Brantley turned on a Santiago fastball and crushed it deep into the seats in right for his 10th home run of the season.

Santiago's night was done after Mike Aviles followed with a single and was sacrificed over to second, and Jason Kipnis singled in Aviles for a 3-2 Indians lead.

Brantley knocked in Cleveland's first run in the second inning with a bloop single to center field. Asdrubal Cabrera read the ball well off the bat and scored without a play at the plate.

In the away fourth, Conor Gillaspie worked a leadoff walk and moved to third on Paul Konerko's hit-and-run single. After Adam Dunn struck out looking, Avisail Garcia drove a fly ball deep enough to left-center to plate Gillaspie.

Game Notes

The Indians have previously defeated one opponent 13 straight times, doing so against Detroit from May 1996-May 1997 ... Cleveland's 87 wins are a 19-win improvement from last year, its largest year-to-year increase since a 19-win jump from '91 (57-105) to '92 (76-86) ... Jimenez allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. He has allowed three earned run or less in 12 straight starts ... Chicago also lost 54 road games in 1969 ... The 13 consecutive losses to the Indians is Chicago's longest losing streak against one opponent.

FCS Top 25 Roundup - Week 1

No team left out of the FCS playoffs last season may have had a better argument for an at-large bid than Chattanooga.

NASCAR News
Stewart set to return to racing at Atlanta

After missing the last three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, Tony Stewart is expected to return to competition this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Extra Points: Two wrongs don't make a right for Goodell

The fact that we look to Roger Goodell and the NFL to take the lead on any number of social issues should say more about us as a society than the commissioner or the league he lords over.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...

1 Vote
Our Lookout Valley 9/10 year old team went to a tournament in Knoxville called The Battle of the Rocky Top. They went throught the tournament undefeated and won the championship ...
Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.