Lance Parrish's two-run homer with none out in the 11th inning last night in Detroit gave the Tigers a come-from behind 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
The loss cut the Brewers' lead over the Baltimore Orioles to two games in the AL East. Baltimore beat New York, 8-7.
It looked as though Milwaukee had a 3-2 victory when Gorman Thomas hit his 35th homer of the year in the top of the 11th. But reliever Dwight Bernard walked Larry Herndon on four pitches to start the bottom of the inning and Parrish sent an 0-1 pitch off losing reliever Pete Ladd (1-3) into the lower deck in left center for his 28th home run.
"I had never seen Ladd pitch before," said Parrish. "Sparky (Anderson, Detroit manager) sent Chet Lemon out to tell me that if I saw the steal sign to Larry, I was supposed to treat it like a hit-and-run.
"I was just trying to make contact."
Had Rollie Fingers been available, he would likely have been pitching instead of Ladd. "There's no question we miss Rollie," said Brewers Manager Harvey Kuenn. "He's gonna throw on Friday. But we don't have him until the weekend at least. At this point, we don't know if we're going to have him or not."
Aurelio Lopez made his record 3-1 with 3 2/3 innings of three-hit relief.
Paul Molitor tied the score for Milwaukee at 2-2 when he led off the sixth inning with his 15th homer of the season.
Glenn Wilson hit his 10th homer in the third following a single by Alan Trammell to give Detroit a 2-1 lead.
Ben Oglivie hit his 30th home run leading off the second. The homer was Oglivie's fourth consecutive against Jerry Ujdur at Tiger Stadium this season. Udjar also yielded Molitor's homer and has allowed 28 in 147 2/3 innings of work.