Tom Brookens, who entered the game as a defensive replacement, homered leading off the 10th inning and gave the Detroit Tigers a 6-5 victory over the Brewers in Milwaukee.

"I hit something offspeed," Brookens said. "I don't know what it was -- probably a slider. But it broke right over the plate and I hit it."

Brookens' homer, his ninth, came off Doc Medich (10-12), who gave up no hits for six innings.

"Doc said he was still strong in the 10th," Brewers Manager Harvey Kuenn said. "He pitched well to everyone but Brookens. That is going to happen, but we never should have gotten to Brookens."

The defeat cut Milwaukee's lead in the American League East to three games over Baltimore, which beat New York, 8-2.

The Brewers thought they had the game won in the ninth. They had runners on first and third with one out. But Tiger shortstop Alan Trammell threw out Ed Romero trying to score on a ground ball.

"I thought the game was over," Trammell said. "I didn't think I had a chance to get Romero. I was falling toward the outfield when I got the ball. But I got the ball out of my glove quick and made a good throw."

"I thought I was safe," Romero said. "I didn't have too big a lead, but I thought I had a good break."

Milt Wilcox (10-7) was the winning pitcher, yielding 10 hits before being replaced by Pat Underwood and Aurelio Lopez in the 10th.