Paul Molitor went four for four in Milwaukee, including a homer and two doubles, to pace a 16-hit offense last night that carried the Brewers to a 9-7 victory over the California Angels.
Molitor singled and scored in the first inning, doubled home two runs in the fourth, doubled again in a five-run sixth inning and hit his fourth homer of the season in the seventh to help Bob McClure (2-7) to the victory.
"I feel a lot more comfortable now than I did at the beginning of May," said Molitor, who has hit safely in eight of his last nine games. "So much of hitting is mental and now that I've strung together a few hits I'm getting a little more confident at the plate."
McClure allowed six runs and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings with Tom Tellmann going the final 1 2/3 innings for his fifth save. Dave Goltz gave up six runs in five innings in his fourth loss in as many decisions.
The Brewers announced that relief pitcher Rollie Fingers will undergo surgery Friday to remove a small bone spur from his right elbow. Fingers has not pitched in a game since he tore a muscle in his right forearm Sept. 2.