White Sox drop fourth straight, 3-2 to Indians

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 29, 2013 at 10:48 pm •  Published: July 29, 2013
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CLEVELAND (AP) — The White Sox have fallen to their lowest point in six years. Unfortunately, it may not be the bottom.

Jason Giambi's pinch-hit homer leading off the ninth inning against Ramon Troncoso lifted the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 win Monday night over Chicago, which dropped its fourth straight and lost for the 10th time in 13 games.

A season spiraling downward reached a new level as the White Sox fell 23 games below .500 for the first time since 2007.

On top of the losing, the White Sox are undergoing change. Before the game, they traded reliever Jesse Crain to Tampa for future considerations, and there's a strong chance starter Jake Peavy could be deal before Wednesday's deadline. Peavy is scheduled to start Tuesday night.

"It's hard to watch," Danks said of the team's decision to dismantle. "Jesse and I have become good buddies. Jake and I have a real good relationship. I'd love to keep him but I understand the business. We'll see what happens. I don't follow it real close. I'd love to keep him here and make a run at it, but we don't really know what's going to happen, though."

Batting for Mark Reynolds, Giambi belted a 1-1 pitch from Troncoso (1-3) into the bushes beyond the fence. It was the 436th career homer and ninth career walk-off shot for the popular 42-year-old slugger, who had a bucket of ice water dumped over his head by teammates.

"I might catch pneumonia," he joked. "I'm a little old to be dunked with water. I love it. I've been preaching all year one guy is not more important than another and it's going to take all 25 of us, even more than that, to win ballgames and we've done it all year. It's just exciting to be a part of it."

According to STATS, Giambi is the oldest player in major league history to hit a walk-off homer, surpassing Hank Aaron, who was 42 days older than Giambi when he did it in 1976.

"He's been doing that for a while," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He's over there for a reason."

The sinking White Sox are 18 1-2 games out of first. The non-waiver trading deadline adds another layer of misery.

"You've got to be able to get through it," Ventura said. "It will be better in a couple of days because it will be over. It's stuff you have to deal with every year. It's different this year because they're not in the who-we're-going-to-get stage."

The White Sox had a chance to take lead in the ninth when Dayan Viciedo tripled with two outs off Chris Perez (3-1). However, he didn't score when left fielder Michael Brantley made a sensational, running catch of Gordon Beckham's liner for the third out.

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