Robin Yount drove in four runs with a homer, double and two singles and Gorman Thomas hit a three-run homer tonight as the Milwaukee Brewers routed the New York Yankees, 14-0.
The victory, coupled with Cleveland's victory over Baltimore, put the Brewers two games ahead in the AL East. The loss was the sixth in a row for the defending league champions, who were eliminated from the pennant race.
"We got eliminated in a big way," Manager Clyde King said.
Left-hander Mike Caldwell (16-11) improved his career record against New York to 12-3 with a three-hitter.
"Baltimore has been very hot, but we have seven games left with them," Caldwell said. "If no one else can beat them, we'll have to in the last week and a half. We're starting to hit the ball better again and blowing teams out like we did earlier."
Caldwell said he can't explain why he usually beats the Yankees. "Tonight I guess it was 14 runs and those five runs in the first that did it," he said. "I saw an awful lot of new faces tonight. Going back to 1977 (when he came to the league) I guess there's only Lou Piniella and Willie Randolph left."
One of the new faces was Stefan Wever, making his debut. Wever yielded nine runs in 2 2/3 innings, including Thomas' first-inning homer.
"I had thrown him four straight fast balls and had gotten him to swing at one of them," Wever said.
"I tried to sneak another one by him . . . You make a mistake in double-A ball and you maybe are able to get away with it. Here Gorman Thomas can hit it 450 feet."
Before the game, Rollie Fingers' tender right forearm tightened in its first test since he suffered a torn muscle Sept. 2, but the Brewers' star relief pitcher still was encouraged.
"I think it isn't week by week any more, but day by day," Fingers said. "I want to be ready for the Baltimore series here next weekend for sure."