Printed on: September 25, 2013

Giambi's homer sparks Indians


CLEVELAND -- Pinch-hitter Jason Giambi belted a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a stunning 5-4 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race.

Giambi drove a 1-1 pitch from Addison Reed (5-4) into the lower deck in right field to save the Indians from a potentially devastating loss. Giambi's shot bailed out controversial closer Chris Perez, who gave up two homers in the top of the ninth.

As he rounded third base, the 42-year-old Giambi slowed down before being engulfed by his teammates as the Indians celebrated their 13th straight win over Chicago.

Bryan Shaw (6-3) came in after Perez had nearly given away a game the Indians couldn't afford to lose.

Around the majors

ROCKIES 8, RED SOX 3: At Denver, Charlie Blackmon hit his first career leadoff homer and Tyler Chatwood pitched seven strong innings, leading Colorado to the victory.

Mariners 4, Royals 0: At Seattle, Justin Smoak hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning and the Mariners beat Kansas City, putting the Royals' postseason hopes in serious jeopardy.

Dodgers 2, Giants 1: At San Francisco, Hyun-Jin Ryu and two relievers combined on a five-hitter that lifted the Dodgers.

Cardinals 2, Nationals 0: At St. Louis, Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha lost his no-hit bid on Ryan Zimmerman's infield single with two outs in the ninth inning, and St. Louis beat the Nationals to close in on the NL Central title.

PIRATES 8, CUBS 2: At Chicago, Gerrit Cole threw six strong innings, helping Pittsburgh take over the NL wild-card lead.

METS 4, REDS 2: At Cincinnati, Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer off Mike Leake, whose long streak of scoreless innings got shattered early, and the Mets dealt the Reds a setback to their hopes of a second straight NL Central title.

RAYS 7, YANKEES 0: At New York, Matt Moore had New York flailing for five wild innings, and the Rays beat the Yankees to push them to the brink of missing out on the postseason for the second time in 19 years.

TIGERS 4, TWINS 2: At Minneapolis, Doug Fister struck out seven and the Tigers homered three times in the fourth inning to clinch a playoff berth with a victory.

Angels 3, Athletics 0: At Anaheim, Calif., Jason Vargas earned his second shutout of the season with a four-hitter and Howie Kendrick homered, leading the Angels over the Athletics.

BLUE JAYS 3, ORIOLES 2, 10 innings: At Baltimore, the Blue Jays eliminated Baltimore from the playoff hunt, using two clutch RBI singles by Mark DeRosa to beat the Orioles.

RANGERS 3, ASTROS 2: At Arlington, Adrian Beltre homered at home for the first time in more than a month and the Texas Rangers stayed close in the wild-card race, beating Houston and sending the Astros to their 11th straight loss.

BRAVES 3, BREWERS 2: At Atlanta, Andrelton Simmons hit a game-ending RBI single with two out in the ninth, lifting the Braves.

PHILLIES 2, MARLINS 1: At Miami, Darin Ruf and Kevin Frandsen each drove in a run in the first inning, and the Phillies handed the Marlins their 100th loss.