CLEVELAND — In a stunning season of walkoff wins, late-inning comebacks and magical moments, Jason Giambi provided the most stirring one yet.
"It doesn't get any better than that," Giambi said. "I'm speechless."
Giambi belted a two-run pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Indians a shocking 5-4 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping them up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race.
Giambi drove Addison Reed's 1-and-1 pitch deep into the rightfield lower deck to prevent a tough loss for the Indians, who are trying to make the postseason for the first time since 2007. Giambi's shot bailed out closer Chris Perez, who gave up two homers in the top half.
"I made him give me a hug because he needed it," Giambi said of Perez. "He can wipe this away and start fresh tomorrow."
As he rounded third, Giambi, 42, slowed down before being engulfed by teammates as the Indians celebrated their 13th straight win over Chicago. Giambi then wrapped his arms around manager Terry Francona and carried him off.
"I think I have a man crush on 'G,' " Francona said. "That was pretty awesome. Boy, did he hit that ball. Wow!"