Ben Ogilvie homrered and broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run single as the Milwaukee Brewers edged the Boston Red Sox, 11-10, yesterday in Fenway Park.
Oglivie's bases-loaded single scored Cecil Cooper and Ted Simmmons to give the Brewers a 10-8 lead. Reliever Mark Clear (6-3) struck out Paul Molitor and Robin Yount to start the eighth but walked Cooper, Simmons and Gorman Thomas before Oglivie hit a 2-2 pitch into center field.
In the ninth inning, Charlie Moore singled with one out. Molitor sacrificed Moore to second and was safe when Clear threw wildly to first, allowing Moore to go to third. He scored on Yount's sacrifice fly with what was to be the winning run.
"Our ballclub is in a good frame of mind right now," Oglivie said. "We know we can win. We've been doing a lot of hitting."
Since Harvey Kuenn became manager, the Brewers have batted .290 to raise their season average to .272. They are 16-6 under Kuenn and trail first-place Boston by just three games in the American League East.
Moore had three hits and drove in three runs with a single and a two-run homer. Cooper and Oglivie also homered for the Brewers, who finished with 15 hits today and 16 Friday in beating the Red Sox, 9-3.
Boston nearly tied the game in the ninth yesterday. With two out, Dave Stapleton singled and went to third on Rich Gedman's double. Wade Boggs singled in two runs to cut the lead to 11-10, but Rollie Fingers (4-5) struck out Glenn Hoffman.
Trailing, 8-2, Boston tied the score with four runs in the fifth and two in the seventh.
Two-run homers by Dwight Evans, his sixth, and Carl Yastrzemski, No. 10, cut the Brewers' lead to 8-6 in the fifth.
In the seventh, Yastrzemski scored on a sacrifice fly and Stapleton came home on a single by Hoffman.
Cecil Cooper's 14th homer gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead in the third, but the Red Sox tied the score in the bottom of the inning on Jim Rice's RBI single.
The Brewers got to starter John Tudor for three runs in the fourth. Oglivie belted hit his 18th homer, and Charlie Moore followed Ed Romero's single with his third homer to make it 4-1.
In the bottom of the fourth, Hoffman's RBI double cut the lead to 4-2, but Milwaukee scored four more runs in the fifth on Ted Simmons' sacrifice fly, a two-run single by Romero and an RBI hit by Moore.