CLEVELAND, AUG. 18 -- Milwaukee's Paul Molitor stretched his hitting streak to 33 games but Cleveland's Pat Tabler singled home Carmen Castillo with the bases loaded and two out in the 12th inning tonight to lift the Indians to a 9-8 victory over the Brewers.
Molitor went hitless his first three at-bats, against Darryl Akerfelds, but got an infield single off left-hander Jamie Easterly in the sixth on a bouncer to the right of shortstop Julio Franco, whose throw to first was late.
Molitor's streak is the longest in the majors since Pete Rose of Cincinnati hit in 44 straight games during the 1978 season. No American League player has assembled such a streak since Dom DiMaggio of Boston hit in 34 straight in 1949.
Previously, three players had hitting streaks end at 33 games -- Heinie Manush of Washington in 1933, George Davis of the New York Giants in 1893 and Rogers Hornsby of the 1922 St. Louis Cardinals.
Molitor went two for six tonight, and his first hit fueled a three-run sixth that gave the Brewers a 7-1 lead. The Indians scored seven runs in their sixth for an 8-7 lead. Milwaukee made it 8-8 in the eighth as Juan Castillo blooped a double, Molitor sacrificed and Robin Yount hit a sacrifice fly.
Tabler, who is five for seven with 10 RBI in bases-loaded at-bats this season, and 29 for 53 in his career, ended the game by blooping a single to short right, where it bounced out of the glove of diving Glenn Braggs. John Farrell, called up as Sammy Stewart went on the disabled list with a sore rib cage, won in his major league debut.