Ted Simmons ended a 4-4 tie with a one-out, one-run home run in the eighth inning and Ben Oglivie hit a two-run homer last night in Toronto as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Blue Jays, 5-4.
With Toronto losing and Detroit defeating Boston, 3-0, the Tigers pulled within two games of the East Division-leading Blue Jays.
Simmons' third homer of the year came off an 0-2 pitch from loser Doyle Alexander (7-4) and helped end Milwaukee's three-game losing streak.
"The rush you get from knocking in a winning run is perpetual," said Simmons, who scored run No. 1,000 of his 16-year major league career with the homer. "But they come less frequently the older you get and you savor them a little longer when they do happen."
Bob Gibson (6-4), who came on to relieve Pete Vuckovich in the sixth inning, yielded three hits and struck out one to earn the victory.
The Blue Jays had tied the score at 4-4 in the sixth inning. Designated hitter Len Matuszek opened with a double and went to third on a wild pitch before scoring on Jesse Barfield's single.
The Brewers had taken a 4-3 lead in the fourth on Oglivie's third homer of the season, which came after a leadoff double by Earnest Riles.
After the Brewers had tied the score at 2 in the third, George Bell's 13th homer in the bottom of the inning gave the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead.