CLEVELAND — Pinch-hitter Jason Giambi belted a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a stunning 5-4 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race.
Giambi drove a 1-1 pitch from Addison Reed (5-4) into the lower deck in right field to save the Indians from a potentially devastating loss. Giambi's shot bailed out controversial closer Chris Perez, who gave up two homers in the top of the ninth.
As he rounded third base, the 42-year-old Giambi slowed down before being engulfed by his teammates as the Indians celebrated their 13th straight win over Chicago.
Mariners 4, Royals 0
At Seattle, Justin Smoak hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning and the Mariners beat Kansas City, putting the Royals' postseason hopes in serious jeopardy.
Mariners rookie left-hander James Paxton (3-0), making just his fourth major league start, worked a career-high seven innings, allowing four hits, walking none and striking out a career-high 10.
Angels 3, Athletics 0
At Anaheim, Calif., Jason Vargas earned his second shutout of the season with a four-hitter and Howie Kendrick homered, leading the Angels to a victory over the Athletics.
The Athletics, who clinched their second straight division title Sunday, remain a game behind the Red Sox for the best record in the majors following Boston's 8-3 loss at Colorado.
Rays 7, Yankees 0
At New York, Matt Moore had New York flailing for five wild innings, and the Rays beat the Yankees to push them to the brink of missing out on the postseason for the second time in 19 years.
Tigers 4, Twins 2
At Minneapolis, Doug Fister struck out seven and the Tigers homered three times in the fourth inning to clinch a playoff berth with a victory over the Twins.
Blue Jays 3, Orioles 2,10 innings
At Baltimore, the Toronto Blue Jays eliminated Baltimore from the playoff hunt, using two clutch RBI singles by Mark DeRosa to beat the Orioles.
Rangers 3, Astros 2
At Arlington, Texas, Adrian Beltre homered at home for the first time in more than a month and the Texas Rangers stayed close in the wild-card race, beating Houston and sending the Astros to their 11th straight loss.
Dodgers 2, Giants 1
At San Francisco, Hyun-Jin Ryu and two relievers combined on a five-hitter that sent the Dodgers past the Giants.
Matt Kemp hit a tiebreaking home run leading off the sixth inning for the Dodgers. Yasiel Puig also homered after getting hit by a pitch from Giants starter Matt Cain earlier in the game.
Pirates 8, Cubs 2
At Chicago, Gerrit Cole threw six strong innings, helping Pittsburgh take over the NL wild-card lead.
One night after clinching their first postseason spot in 21 years, Cole and the Pirates showed few signs of a letdown. Cole hit a two-run single, Pedro Alvarez drove in three runs and Jordy Mercer homered.
Mets 4, Reds 2
At Cincinnati, Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer off Mike Leake, whose long streak of scoreless innings got shattered early, and the Mets dealt the Reds a costly setback to their hopes of a second straight NL Central title.
Braves 3, Brewers 2
At Atlanta, Andrelton Simmons hit a game-ending RBI single with two out in the ninth, lifting the Braves to the victory.
Phillies 2, Marlins 1
At Miami, Darin Ruf and Kevin Frandsen each drove in a run in the first inning, and the Phillies handed the Marlins their 100th loss of the season.
Diamondbacks 2, Padres 1,12 innings
At San Diego, Didi Gregorius tripled home the tiebreaking run in the 12th inning to lift the Diamondbacks.
Rockies 8, Red Sox 3
At Denver, Charlie Blackmon hit his first career leadoff homer and Tyler Chatwood pitched seven strong innings, leading Colorado to the victory.