American League Game Summary - Chicago at Cleveland|
(Monday, July 29th)
Final Score: Cleveland 3, Chicago 2
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Jason Giambi's pinch-hit leadoff homer in the
bottom of the ninth sent Cleveland past Chicago, 3-2, in the opener of a four-
Batting in place of Mark Reynolds, Giambi's winner touched down beyond the
wall in center. It gave the 42-year-old a major league record as the oldest
player to hit a game-ending home run, replacing Hall of Famer Hank Aaron.
"Walk is just as good as a hit there to try to get that leadoff guy on,"
Giambi said. "I wasn't trying to do too much. I just wanted to see it and kind
of hit it. I got a pitch up in the strike zone and ended up catching up to
Ramon Troncoso (1-3), who turned in a scoreless eighth inning, served up the
deciding blast in defeat.
Chris Perez (3-1) stranded a runner on second in the top of the ninth for the
Carlos Santana and Asdrubal Cabrera knocked in a run each for the Indians, who
stretched their win streak to five games.
Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko drove in the runs for the White Sox, who dropped
their fourth straight game and seventh in eight.
The Tribe hit the scoreboard in the second. Cabrera reached on Connor
Gillaspie's throwing error, moved to third on a Ryan Raburn double and scored
on a Santana fly to left.
Chicago sprang to life in the sixth, going on top with a pair of runs with two
out thanks to Dunn's RBI double and Konerko's RBI single. However, the hosts
evened the score in the home half.
Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher walked, then Jason Kipnis bunted for a hit to
load the bases. Cabrera's hot shot deflected off Alexei Ramirez at short, but
Gordon Beckham threw in time to first, allowing Bourn to come in for a 2-2
Cleveland has won eight of 10 games against the ChiSox this season ... Tribe
starter Zach McAllister gave up five hits and two runs over seven innings,
while Chicago counterpart John Danks worked six-plus frames and gave up two
hits and one earned run, walking four ... The White Sox fell to 23 games under
.500 for the first time since Sept. 11, 2007 ... The Indians have scored first
in 16 consecutive games, setting a franchise record. It is the longest for any
team since Milwaukee scored first in 21 straight in 1990.
07/30 00:35:41 ET