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Jason Giambi walks off for Indians after Chris Perez blows lead

Sep 24, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

Jason Giambi AP

There’s a little magic left in Jason Giambi‘s bat after all.

The 42-year-old former MVP, who entered with a .177 average in 181 at-bats this season, hit a walkoff homer off Addison Reed in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Indians a 5-4 win over the White Sox on Tuesday.

It was the Indians’ fifth straight win, upping their record to 87-70 and keeping them in wild card position with five games to go.

The White Sox took the lead in the top of the ninth tonight on solo homers from Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza off embattled closer Chris Perez. It was Perez’s fifth blown save in 30 tries. Reed countered with his eighth blown save in 47 chances.

Incredibly, it was the second time this year Giambi hit a walkoff homer off Reed. He did so in a tie game back on July 29. He has 10 career walkoff homers.

The homer was the 438th of Giambi’s career, tying him with Andre Dawson and Adam Dunn for 39th place on the all-time list. The only active players with more are Alex Rodriguez (654), Manny Ramirez (555) and Albert Pujols (492).

  1. sleepyirv - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM

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  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    The Indians won. The Rays are hammering the Yankees. The Rangers have a slight lead over Houston. The Orioles were eliminated by the Jays in a 10 inning game. It is down to a 3 team fight for the 2 Wild Card positions.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      The Rays beat the Yankees, consequently the old timers have been taken off life support. The Indians will most likely make the playoffs and the Yankees will not.

      • Kevin Gillman - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:40 AM

        And who honestly had that when the season began. I knew Tito would have these Indians play better, but to do it this way? Incredible.

  3. chill1184 - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    The Tribe and the Buccos in the playoffs after long droughts, I love baseball.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      I do not expect a 4 way tie or even a 3 way tie.

      • chill1184 - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:57 PM

        Yea I pretty much gave up on hoping for it after whats happened the last few days

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:21 PM

        The Rangers had trouble defeating Houston tonight and finish the season against a tough Angels team. They are 1 game behind Cleveland.

    • Kevin S. - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Six years is a long drought?

      • historiophiliac - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        Don’t worry. Give them a couple of trips to the post-season again like the Tigers and no one outside of their fans will remember they had a drought.

  4. burm61 - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    2007 isn’t that long of a drought for the Tribe. Coming from an Indians fan, I don’t consider it making the playoffs unless they win the WC game.

    • chill1184 - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:18 PM

      Maybe because Im a Mets fan and I sympathize with both fan bases. Other than that I got nothing

    • Kevin Gillman - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:42 AM

      Playing an extra game that nobody plays, and the stats do NOT count for season? No, it’s a playoff game.

  5. jhorton83 - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Should Manny Ramirez really still be considered an active player? He has about as much chance of reaching the majors again as Kenny Powers at this point.

  6. gmsalpha - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Nice way for Giambi to end his career. That should be his final at-bat because you can’t go out any better way than a walk-off homer. Interesting career, Jason.

  7. stephenolszewski - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Giambi has been a huge addition to this clubhouse, and I am thankful to witness his two walkoff homeruns this year as a Indians fan. This guy is without a doubt going to be a manager in the near future

    • Kevin Gillman - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      You think he will be a coach next season for Indians? Go Tribe!!

  8. janessa31888 - Sep 25, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Chris Perez drives us CRAZY!!!! Thank you, Jason Giambi!!! Strangely, I dreamed we won last night, but it was the Reds instead of the White Sox. In my dreams, I was in the Reds ballpark surrounded by Reds fans. Then suddenly, the teams morphed into the Bengals and Browns and I left in disgust. Glad the winning part came true!!!

  9. garyzx7r - Sep 25, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    I always liked Giambi and never cared for Perez… go figure the outcome last night! Go Tribe!!!

  10. chiadam - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Meanwhile, baseball in Chicago has reached some sort of cartoonish level of bad. That’s really saying something for a city that has won three World Series titles in the last 210 combined baseball season. That’s one more than the Marlins have won in the last 16 seasons.

  11. steelers88 - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Indians VS Pirates in WS would be crazy. 6 years is not a long drought 20 years is.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      Yes, said every Tigers fan whose team hasn’t won a WS since 1984 and went from 1987 to 2006 without making the post-season.

      • happytwinsfan - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        which means i unknowingly bailed on them at the start of their drought. i’m smarter than i thought.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        No wonder you’re happy.

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