The White Sox needed just one out: a lazy fly ball, three strikes, a line drive into someone's glove to end a long losing streak to the Indians.
The win was close enough to touch.
Jason Giambi put it out of reach.
The 42-year-old connected for a two-run, pinch-hit homer off Addison Reed (5-4) with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland its 13th straight win over Chicago, a stunning 5-4 victory that allowed the Indians to keep hold of the second AL wild-card playoff spot for another day.
The White Sox had lost 94 previous times this season before Giambi connected. This one seemed to sting a little more.
''I'm tired of saying this,'' said manager Robin Ventura after his team played in its 58th one-run game. ''It's kind of indicative of our season. We just lost.''
Reed hung a 1-1 slider to Giambi, who belted it deep into the seats in right field for his 10th career walk-off homer and his second as a pinch-hitter this season.