Ben Oglivie tied the score with a two-out homer in the ninth in Milwaukee and Gorman Thomas' bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 11th gave the Brewers a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox last night.
The Brewers' sixth straight victory kept them two games ahead of second-place Baltimore in the American League East. Boston now is eight behind.
Robin Yount led off the 11th by beating out an infield hit and Cooper singled him to second. After Ted Simmons sacrificed, Oglivie was walked intentionally and Thomas' medium fly to left scored Yount.
Pete Vuckovich (18-4) went the distance to win his eighth straight, tying a club record. Bob Stanley (11-7) was the loser.
Oglivie hit an 0-2 pitch from Dennis Eckersley for his 31st homer, tying the score at 3.
"I was just trying to hit the ball out of the park," Oglivie said. "What else are you going to do in that situation? Everybody in the park knew I was going for the homer."
"I was just trying to get the pitch up," Eckersley said. "I didn't get it high enough."
Dave Stapleton drove in two runs with a fielder's choice grounder and a single to stake Boston to an early lead.
The Red Sox went ahead, 1-0, in the second. Carney Lansford was hit by a pitch, Wade Boggs singled him to second and both advanced on Rick Miller's sacrifice bunt. Stapleton then grounded to shortstop Yount, who threw too late to the plate to get the sliding Lansford.
Thomas tied the score in the second, hitting his league-leading 38th homer, but the Red Sox scored twice in the sixth after Yount's two-base throwing error on Lansford's grounder. Lansford took third on Boggs' infield out, Miller walked and Stapleton singled in Lansford. Gary Allenson's single made it 3-1.
Milwaukee closed to 3-2 in the sixth on Paul Molitor's triple and Cooper's infield out.