Don Baylor and Bert Campaneris drove in two runs each, helping the New York Yankees beat the Brewers, 6-5, last night in Milwaukee.
The Yankees took over second place in the East, five games behind idle Baltimore, which comes into Yankee Stadium for a weekend series today. The Brewers are 5 1/2 back.
With the Yankees holding a 6-2 lead, Bob Shirley (5-6) walked the first two batters in the fifth and was pulled with a 2-1 count on Cecil Cooper. Rudy May entered and completed the walk to Cooper before striking out Ted Simmons.
Reliever George Frazier then got Mark Brouhard to bounce into a double play.
The Brewers rallied for three runs in the eighth to pull within 6-5. Robin Yount's run-scoring single finished Frazier, and Cooper greeted Rich Gossage with an RBI single. Simmons added a sacrifice fly before Gossage pitched out of trouble.
Gossage ended the game by retiring Yount and Cooper with runners on first and second in the ninth for his 19th save.
During batting practice, Yankees outfielder Steve Kemp was hit below the left eye by Omar Moreno's line drive and suffered a fractured left cheekbone. Kemp was standing in left field when the ball struck him. His eye was swollen shut.
Yankee spokesman Ken Nigro said Kemp was taken by ambulance to Mt. Sinai Medical Center, where he was admitted to intensive care as a precautionary measure. Kemp also has a chipped tooth and a broken tooth; there was no word on how long he would be out.