Jason Giambi did it again. For the second time this season he slugged a walk-off home run against the Chicago White Sox, this time lifting the Indians to a 5-4 win. "It doesn't get any better than that," Giambi said. "I'm speechless."
Giambi's heroics saved the night for the closer Chris Perez. The controversial closer surrendered two solo home runs to the White Sox to turn a 1-run lead into a 1-run deficit. Dayan Viciedo hit the first, Alejandro de Aza provided the second. Perez left the mound to a chorus of boos from Indians fans.
Michael Brantley got a base hit in the bottom of the ninth, then stole second. Giambi was trying to deliver a game-tying single with two outs, he ended up doing much more. He slammed a 1-1 pitch deep into the visitor's bullpen in right. The ballpark exploded to celebrate a much needed win. Texas defeated Houston 3-2, they would have tied the Indians for the final Wild Card spot had Giambi not delivered his blast.
Tampa Bay also won, they beat the Yankees. Tampa stays one game ahead of the Indians for the top Wild Card spot, Texas is one game behind the Tribe for the final one.