The Brewers scored three times in the first inning with the help of Cleveland's three throwing errors on one play and defeated the Indians, 4-2, yesterday in Milwaukee behind the five-hit pitching of Mike Caldwell and Rollie Fingers.

With Boston losing last night, the Brewers moved back into first place in the AL East.

Caldwell (8-10) gave up one-out homers by Toby Harrah and Mike Hargrove in the first, then held the Indians to five hits in eight innings before Fingers pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 23rd save.

Caldwell, who retired 12 in a row over one stretch, was told by the umpires to clean or change his glove at the start of the sixth.

Harrah's 21st homer and and Hargrove's third gave the Indians a 2-0 lead, but the Brewers got three runs in their half against Rick Waits (1-10).

Paul Molitor led off with a double, took third on Robin Yount's infield hit and scored on Gorman Thomas' single.

Ben Oglivie lined to second baseman Larry Milbourne, who threw past first trying to double up Thomas. Hargrove, the first baseman, retrieved the ball and threw wildly toward the plate as Yount scored.

Catcher Chris Bando retrieved the ball near the third base dugout and fired it into center field trying to get Thomas at third. Thomas scored, having come all the way from first.