Gorman Thomas drove in four runs with a pair of homers and a single, Don Money knocked in four with a two-run homer and a double and Robin Yount added a three-run homer and scored four runs in Milwaukee yesterday to lead the Brewers over the Detroit Tigers, 13-5.
Thomas homered with Yount aboard in the first inning and Ben Oglivie followed with his 12th homer, giving the Brewers a 3-0 lead. Money followed Yount's single in the third with his ninth homer, chasing Detroit starter Pat Underwood (3-4). Thomas then greeted reliever Aurelio Lopez with a towering shot to the left field bleachers, his 12th homer of the season, giving the Brewers a 6-0 lead. The Brewers made it 8-0 in the fourth on Money's two-run double.
The Tigers scored three times in the sixth on two-run triple by Lynn Jones and an RBI ground out by Kirk Gibson before Thomas rapped an RBI single off reliever Kevin Saucier in the bottom of the sixth for Milwaukee. Jones' bases-loaded single in the seventh brought the Tigers within 9-5 and gave him four RBI for the day.
The Brewers feel they have turned things around since a bad start that brought about Harvey Kuenn replacing Buck Rodgers as manager on June 2.
"We were floundering for a while and we needed some changes; a change in leadership, attitude, atmosphere, outlook and strategy," Thomas said. "We've had a complete change. Ever since Harvey's become our manager, we've been a different team. I know we're on the right track."