Robin Yount's two-out, three-run homer in the ninth inning in Detroit gave the Milwaukee Brewers an 8-6 victory last night, dropping the Tigers into a first-place tie with Boston in the AL East and putting Milwaukee within one-half game of the lead.
Jack Morris (13-6) was one pitch away from becoming the second AL pitcher to win 14 games when Yount lined a 2-2 pitch into the left field seats. Jim Gantner, who had four hits, singled with one out and Paul Molitor was hit on a 2-2 pitch to set the stage for Yount's home run, the seventh of the game.
Winner Jamie Easterly (3-3) pitched 2 1/3 innings of one-hit relief. Rollie Fingers pitched the ninth to gain his 27th save.
Kirk Gibson's pop fly RBI double with two out in the sixth inning helped the Tigers score twice and take a 6-5 lead.
Morris gave up a home run to Cecil Cooper in the first inning and a three-run homer to Gorman Thomas three batters later. But Detroit plugged away at starter Mike Caldwell with four bases-empty home runs, the most the Tigers have hit in a game this season.
Alan Trammell led off the first inning with his second homer, John Wockenfuss opened the second inning with his eighth and Ron Jackson hit his fifth in the fifth inning. Lou Whitaker tied the game with two out in the sixth when he hit a 1-2 pitch off Pete Vuckovich, who began the inning by making his first relief appearance of the season.