Wednesday September 25, 2013 | 04:18 AM

Jason Giambi, 42, emerged from his rocking chair and swatted a walk-off two-run homer in Cleveland's 5-4 win over the White Sox.

But that is not the Jason the Red Sox want to send a thank you note to.

Jason Vargas pitched a 4-hit, complete-game shutout in the Angels' 3-0 win over Oakland.

That kept the A's one game behind the Red Sox (8-3 losers to Colorado) in the race for the best record.

Cleveland's win was bad news for the Orioles and Yankees. Baltimore lost in 10 innings to Toronto and was eliminated from playoff consideration. New lost 7-0 to Tampa Bay and is one game from elimination.

Tonight: Jake Peavy (11-5, 4.02) pitches for Boston as the Red Sox face another quality starter in Jhoulys Chacin (14-9, 3.21).

Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to make his return. Coming back from a broken foot, Ellsbury has not played in almost three weeks.

The numbers: 

Boston 95-63
Oakland 94-64 (1 game behind)
Detroit 92-66 (3)

To clinch the best record in the AL: 4

Boston (4): at Rockies (1), at Orioles (3).
A’s (4): at Angels (1), at Mariners (3).
Tigers (4): at Twins (1), at Marlins (3)

Wild Card
Tampa Bay 88-69
Cleveland 87-70
Texas 86-71 (1 game back)
Kansas City 83-74 (4)
New York 82-75 (5)

Red Sox at Rockies
A’s at Angels
Tigers at Twins
Rays at Yankees
White Sox at Indians
Astros at Rangers
Royals at Mariners


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