Cleveland 5, Chi. White Sox 4
When: 7:05 PM ET, Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
Bruce Dreckman, 1B -
Mike Everitt, 2B -
Tim Welke, 3B -
Indians 5, White Sox 4: Jason Giambi belted a walk-off two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning as host Cleveland improved its postseason positioning by defeating Chicago for the 13th consecutive time.
After Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza launched solo shots off Indians closer Chris Perez in the top of the frame, Michael Brantley singled and stole second against Addison Reed (5-4). Giambi golfed a 1-1 slider for his ninth homer - and second versus Reed this season.
Brantley homered for the second time in three contests and also extended his hitting streak to eight contests with an RBI single in the second. Jason Kipnis had an RBI single for the Indians, who have won 15 of their last 20 overall - and 12 of 16 at home. Cleveland resides one game behind Tampa Bay for the top wild-card spot in the American League and holds a one-game advantage over Texas in the quest for the other.
De Aza also had an RBI single for the White Sox, who saw their modest two-game winning streak come to an end.
Bryan Shaw (6-3) picked up the win after getting the final out in the ninth inning.
GAME NOTEBOOK: With the White Sox clinging to a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning, Brantley knotted it up after belting a first-pitch sinker from LHP Hector Santiago over the wall in right field for his 10th homer. Mike Aviles singled and advanced to third on CF Michael Bourn's sacrifice bunt and Nick Swisher's fly out before coming home on Kipnis' single to left off Jones. ... Chicago INF Jeff Keppinger will undergo season-ending surgery on his right shoulder Thursday. Keppinger batted .253 with four homers and 40 RBIs in 117 games. ... White Sox DH Adam Dunn returned to the starting lineup after being held out for the past three games and struck out four times in as many at-bats.
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