CLEVELAND–Heroics in the bottom of the 9th by veteran Jason Giambi led the Indians to a 5-4 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night.
What a wild affair before Giambi stepped to the plate.
The Indians struck first in the bottom of the second inning when Michael Brantley singled to shallow center field, scoring Asdrubal Cabrera.
The White Sox tied the game in the fourth inning off Jimenez when Avisail Garcia hit a sacrifice fly to center.
The game remained tied until the top of the 7th inning when Jimenez got into a jam. He put runners on first and second with one out.
That’s when Terry Francona sent him to the showers, just short of 100 pitches for the night.
Cody Allen came in and allowed an RBI single by Alejandro De Aza and the White Sox were in the lead, 2-1.
Jimenez went 6.1 innings, allowed five hits and two earned runs. He struck out 7 but walked 3. He did not figure in the decision.
The Indians got right back into the game in the bottom of the seventh when Brantley launched a pitch from Hector Santiago into the seats in right. The solo shot tied the game at two.
Jason Kipnis laced a single to left field which drove in Mike Aviles for the go-ahead run, 3-2. Still in the bottom of the 7th.
That left things up to the back end of the bullpen.
Dayan Viciedo victimized the closer Chris Perez, drilling a no-doubt homer in the top of the ninth to tie the game at three.
Then with two outs, Alejandro De Aza ripped a go ahead homer to make it 4-3. The boos were deafening.
But Giambi changed all that. He ripped a two-run game winning, walk-off homer to give the Tribe the 5-4 win. An amazing finish to what everyone thought to be a big downer for the Indians.