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CLEVELAND -- After 158 games of highs, lows, losing streaks and walk-off wins, the Cleveland Indians can almost touch the post-season. October is right in front of them. "Were in control of our own destiny," designated hitter Jason Giambi said. "Thats all you can ask for at this time of year." Rookie Danny Salazar gave Cleveland a much-needed quality start and Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer as the Indians tightened their grip on one of the ALs two wild-card playoff spots with their 14th straight win over the Chicago White Sox, 7-2 on Wednesday night in their home finale. Salazar (2-3) struck out eight in 5 1-3 innings for the Indians, who won their final six home games to stay with the wild-card leaders. Theyll hit the road for four games in Minnesota with a lead over Texas in the wild-card chase. Cleveland is also one game behind Tampa Bay for the top spot with just four games left. "We did what we needed to do," manager Terry Francona said. "Its very exciting to go play games that are this meaningful. This is as good as it gets." Swisher homered in the fifth inning off Dylan Axlerod (4-11) as the Indians finished the season 17-2 against Chicago. Cleveland hasnt made the playoffs since 2007 but its closing in on a berth under Francona, who guided Boston to two World Series titles and has helped the Indians to 20 more wins than they had a year ago. A spray-painted bedsheet in the upper deck of Progressive Field said: "Playoff Bound." The Indians, who already have 20 more wins than last season, have some work to do before that can happen. They havent won it all since 1948, but if they can win their next four games in Minnesota, the Indians will give themselves a chance to end the drought. "Weve just got to play baseball, thats all we gotta do," said Giambi, who may have saved Clevelands season with a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the ninth inning Tuesday night. "We dont have to worry about anybody else beating anybody else. Weve just get to go out and play baseball, which is the fun part of the game." Asivail Garcia homered for the White Sox, 6-19 since Aug. 30. Chicago is just 25-47 against AL Central teams, and were overmatched against the Indians. "Theyre better than us this year," Ventura said. "They had our number. They outplayed us. We had leads late, but they seemed to fight and come back. They had a few walk-offs." Swishers two-run shot in the fifth gave the Indians a 4-1 lead and allowed 30,942 fans to breathe a little easier following the emotional rollercoaster of Tuesday night, when Giambis majestic homer bailed out closer Chris Perez, who gave up two homers in the top of the inning. With the Indians leading 2-1 in the fifth, Brantley, who has been using one of Carlos Santanas bats, doubled with one out and Swisher, who was 0 for 13 against Axelrod, followed with a shot into the Indians bullpen in centre. After rounding the bases, Swisher saluted the crowd by raising his hands and forming an "O" and "H". The Indians packed their travel bags for a four-game series against the Twins not knowing if theyll play again this season after Sunday. They could be coming back to Cleveland for the winter, playing a one-game playoff just to get to into the wild-card game or maybe headed to either Tampa Bay or Texas for one game with the winner advancing to the division series. "The ball is in our court," said Brantley, who is batting .514 (18 of 35) during a nine-game hitting streak. "As long as we handle what we need to take care of, well be just fine. We took care of business at home and now we just have to go on the road and continue to do what were doing." Indians ace Justin Masterson, sidelined since Sept. 2 with an oblique injury, pitched the ninth. Its possible the All-Star right-hander could start again this season if the Indians get in the playoffs. One night after Giambis breathtaking homer, the Indians had to scrap again to get past a team with 96 losses. Leading 4-1 in the sixth, Salazar gave up a pair of singles and was replaced by Bryan Shaw. Dayan Viciedo followed with an RBI single, and after the Indians botched a rundown, Shaw was in a jam. But the right-hander struck out Jordan Danks and Marcus Semien. The Indians got the run back in the sixth on Drew Stubbs sacrifice fly and went up 7-2 in the seventh on Asdrubal Cabreras two-run single. Cleveland took advantage of Chicago miscues to score two unearned runs in the second and take a 2-1 lead. Lonnie Chisenhall reached on a fielders choice and moved up on Axelrods wild pitch with two outs. Drew Stubbs hit a high hopper toward third baseman Semien, who should have handled it but let it bounce off his glove for an error, allowing Chisenhall to score. Brantley, who has been Clevelands best hitter in the clutch, followed with an RBI single to centre. He entered batting .349 with two outs and runners in scoring position. The White Sox played their final road game without Paul Konerko, who was kneecap was sore and swollen after fouling a pitch off it Tuesday. NOTES: Indians CF Michael Bourn didnt start because of a sprained right wrist. Francona wanted to give his leadoff hitter a day of rest and treatment. Bourn pinch-ran for Giambi in the sixth. ... Giambi has two pinch-hit walk-off homers this season, both against the White Sox. Hes the first player to hit two pinch-hit walk-offs against the same team in a season since 1968, when Detroits Gates Brown did it twice against Boston. Giambi was overwhelmed by the standing ovation he got in the second. "Speechless," he said. "To have that opportunity last night, a dream come true." ... White Sox DH Adam Dunn was given the night off, though it appears hes been idle for several weeks. After striking out four times Tuesday, hes batting .115 (12 of 104) in his last 29 games. 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"He was fired up but I told him: Its OK. Were going to be all right," Harden said. And they were. Houston scored 17 straight points after that timeout, led by 10 from Harden, to take the lead and roll to an easy 129-106 win. RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- A convicted match-fixer denied a report in a German magazine Tuesday that he predicted the result and details of a World Cup football match. Cameroons football federation said it was investigating the report in der Spiegel magazine that Wilson Raj Perumal accurately predicted in an online chat with one of its journalists that Cameroon would lose 4-0 to Croatia and would have a player sent off in the first half. And that is exactly what happened in the June 18 match. Cameroon midfielder Alex Song was sent off before halftime for striking Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic in the back. Der Spiegels claims rang alarm bells because Perumal is the best-known match-fixer in football. He was convicted of fixing matches in Finland and suspected of fixing other games in Africa and involving African teams. He also isnt averse to self-publicity, having recently published memoirs with two journalists as co-authors. Perumal denied having predicted the outcome. "The Facebook chat with the Der Spiegel journalist took place a few days after the match - June 21st, as confirmed by my Facebook log," his statement said. "At no time did I make reference to four goals being scored or to a red card being issued. At no time did I suggest that I had any way of corroborating or substantiating what was meant to be an educated guess based on my extensive match-fixing experience. Last but not least: at no time was I informed by the Der Spiegel journalist that our chat was going to end up in the German publication." "I am shocked and amazed that a respected magazine such as Der Spiegel would go so far as to fabricate statements by yours truly with the visible aim of stirring the row over match-fixing," he said. "I apologize to the Cameroon FA and to its fans if I inadvertently offended them; it was not my intention.dddddddddddd I strongly believe that Der Spiegel should also do the same since they placed words in my mouth that I did not utter." One of the Spiegel reporters involved, Rafael Buschmann, said the magazine stood by its story. "We firmly stand by our assertion that Mr Perumal wrote in a Facebook chat with der Spiegel some hours before the world cup match Croatia vs Camerooon, that the result of the match will be a 4-0-victory for Croatia and that a player of Cameroon will get a red card in the first halftime," Buschmann said. Earlier, Cameroons football federation had said it instructed its ethics committee to open an investigation. The federation, Fecafoot, evoked the possibility that seven players on its team may have been corrupted. "Recent allegations of fraud around Cameroons three 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary games, especially Cameroon vs. Croatia, as well as the existence of seven bad apples (in our national team) do not reflect the values and principles promoted by our administration in line with the FIFA Code of Conduct and the ethics of our nation," Fecafoot said in the statement. "We are strongly committed to employ all means necessary to resolve this disruptive matter," the federation said. FIFA President Sepp Blatter confirmed that a probe was underway, telling reporters: "Yes I have been told about this but let them do their work on this investigation." That game was the low point of a disastrous World Cup for Cameroon, which conceded nine goals and scored just one in its three games. 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