Reggie Jackson hit a three-run homer in the third inning in Milwaukee to help California to victory,
Jackson's homer, his sixth of the season, came in a four-run inning, chasing Pete Vuckovich (1-2). Bob Boone opened the third with a single, went to second on a sacrifice, took third on Rod Carew's infield single and scored on a single by Ruppert Jones. Jackson followed with his towering homer, tagging a first-pitch fast ball over the left field fence for a 4-0 lead.
Vuckovich pitched to three more hitters before Teddy Higuera came on to get the third out. Higuera went on to pitch 6 1/3 innings of one-hit ball, allowing one run while striking out six.
The Brewers scored one run off winner Ron Romanick (4-1) in the fourth when Doug Loman opened with a triple to the right field corner and scored one out later on Ben Oglivie's sacrifice fly.
Robin Yount homered in the fifth, a two-run shot to left, to cut the margin to 4-3.
California came back with another run in the sixth to go up, 5-3. Bobby Grich led off with a double, went to third on a ground out and scored on Boone's suicide squeeze.
The Brewers chased Romanick in the seventh when Bill Schroeder opened with a double. Reliever Pat Clements came on to walk Jim Gantner, with both runners advancing on Ed Romero's sacrifice. Yount then greeted Doug Corbett with a sacrifice fly to deep center to score Schroeder. Donnie Moore then came in to get Dion James on a ground out to end the inning. Moore went on to get his seventh save.