Jim Gantner hit a two-out home run over the center field fence in the ninth inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-4 victory over the Blue Jays yesterday in Toronto.
The homer, Gantner's first of the season, came against reliever Joey McLaughlin (0-1) on an 0-1 pitch.
"I'm just seeing the ball real well now," said Gantner, the No. 9 hitter who went six for 10 in the three-game series.
"I just got in the groove. When you're in the groove and making contact, you hope to get your hits because there are other times when you'll be struggling."
Gantner's homer barely cleared Lloyd Moseby's glove at the 400-foot mark. "It was a good thing that the wind died down halfway through the game," Gantner said. "I know for sure that I wouldn't have hit it out earlier."
Jim Slaton (1-0) was the winner. He relieved in the sixth inning after started Jerry Augustine sprained his right knee.
The Brewers tied the game, 4-4, with two runs in the eighth. Robin Yount opened with a single and scored when Cecil Cooper tripled to right. Ted Simmons' single scored Cooper.
The Blue Jays had taken a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Willie Upshaw's inside-the-park home run.