Pinch runner Garth Iorg came home from second base with the tying run on a wild pitch in the eighth inning and Lloyd Moseby homered on the next pitch to give the Blue Jays a 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday in Toronto.
It was Toronto's third consecutive victory over the Brewers after losing the series opener and left the fifth-place Blue Jays 1 1/2 games out in the AL East.
Loser Pete Ladd (3-3) came on after Damaso Garcia opened the inning with a double off reliever Tom Tellmann. Iorg scored when Ladd's 1-1 pitch bounced into the dirt and off catcher Ted Simmons' mask. The ball rolled to the stands, where it kicked off the backstop toward first base.
Moseby followed with his 16th homer.
Dave Stieb (13-10), who stopped the Brewers on four hits through eight innings, was the winner. Joey McLaughlin pitched the ninth and earned his ninth save.
Moseby, 23, went two for three and walked twice in extending his hitting streak to 19 games. "I think he's going to win the batting title in two or three years," said Toronto Manager Bobby Cox. "He hits to all fields. He can fly. He's a good bunter and he's a great student."
"We're rolling again," said Moseby, whose team had lost eight of nine before winning three straight against the Brewers. "We have the same chemistry as before when we had our big winning streak. We're being consistent again and that's what we need to win."