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CLEVELAND -- Jason Giambi's pinch-hit home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Cleveland Indians a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.

Giambi, pinch hitting for Mark Reynolds, drove a 1-1 pitch from Ramon Troncoso over the center-field wall for his seventh home run.

It's the Indians' fifth win in a row and it extended Chicago's losing streak to four games.

Cleveland closer Chris Perez pitched the top of the ninth to get the win. He is 3-1. Troncoso fell to 2-2.

The White Sox scored their only two runs in the sixth inning off Cleveland starter Zach McAllister, which snapped a streak by Cleveland pitchers in which they pitched 26 consecutive scoreless innings, including back-to-back shutouts of Texas over the weekend.

Trailing 1-0, the White Sox scored two runs in the sixth inning thanks to three consecutive two-out hits off McAllister. Alex Rios doubled and scored on Adam Dunn's double. Paul Konerko singled to score Dunn, giving Chicago a 2-1 lead.

The Indians tied it with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning in which they loaded the bases with no outs. White Sox starter John Danks walked the first two batters, Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher. Jason Kipnis reached on a bunt single to load the bases.

Bourn scored on a groundout by Asdrubal Cabrera, but Danks got the next two batters on groundouts to end the threat.

The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, which began with Cabrera reaching on an error by third baseman Conor Gillaspie. Cabrera went to third on a double by Ryan Raburn, and he scored on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Santana.

Cleveland scored first in a team-record 16th consecutive game. The former team record was 15 games, set in July 1906. The Indians' current streak of scoring first is the longest in the majors since Milwaukee scored first in 21 consecutive games in 1990.

NOTES: Prior to the game, the White Sox traded RHP Jesse Crain to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named or cash. The All-Star reliever has a 0.74 ERA this year, but he's currently out due to a strained right shoulder. ... Dunn's next home run will move him past Cal Ripken (431) and into 43rd place on the all-time list. ... DH Mark Reynolds, mired in an extended slump, was back in the Indians' starting lineup Monday after sitting out the three-game weekend series with Texas. Reynolds came into Monday's game hitting .106 in the month of July, with no home runs and one RBI since June 29. . . Chicago RHP Jake Peavy, who is rumored to be on the trade market, will start Tuesday against the Indians and LHP Scott Kazmir.

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