Enos Cabell's two-run single climaxed a clinching three-run Detroit fifth inning in Milwaukee. Brewers' home attendance reached 2,226,374 for the year, breaking the city record of 2,215,404 set in 1957 by the Braves in the National League.
Detroit starter Dan Petry (17-8) beat Pete Vuckovich (0-2), who was routed in the fifth, trailing, 5-0. John Martin stopped a rally in the sixth and Aurelio Lopez earned his 18th save by getting Jim Gantner to fly out to end the game.
Of being 5 1/2 games behind AL East leader Baltimore with only 19 to play, Petry said, "We've come too far to throw in the towel. Even if we don't catch them (Baltimore), I think we'll really get something good out of this for next year."
Detroit Manager Sparky Anderson said, "The odds of them getting beat now are very slim but I still want to make them win it. If we win 90-some games and they beat us, I'll take my hat off to them. Winning 90-some games is a great year."
"Hopefully," Petry said, "we can pick up a couple of games when we're not playing them, and then sweep them." The Tigers have seven games left with Baltimore.
As for the Brewers, now 7 1/2 games back, Manager Harvey Kuenn ventured, "We just have to go out and win 13 straight. Well, maybe 12 out of 13."