Blue Jays come back for 9-6 win


MILWAUKEE (AP)—Domingo Martinez won’t get much time at first base with the Toronto Blue Jays since a guy named John Olerud mans the position and is leading the league in hitting.

But Martinez, who hit 24 homers in the minors this season, can contribute when given the chance.

His pinch-hit bases-loaded single sparked a four-run ninth as the AL East champion Blue Jays beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-6 Wednesday night for their 15th victory in 17 games.

‘‘Because I don’t play that much I’m even happier. It was my first time to pinch-hit and I got a hit and last night I got a homer,’‘ Martinez said.

‘‘Domingo one of these days is going to get an opportunity, if not here somewhere. He’ll get an opportunity in the near future. He’s a big player,’‘ said Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston, whose team clinched its third straight division title Monday night.

The Blue Jays started only three regulars and two of them, Paul Molitor and Olerud, also had big nights. Molitor had a triple, two doubles and a walk, Olerud had two doubles and three walks—including his league-record tying 33rd intentional pass—and reserve Rob Butler reached base six times.

Juan Guzman, in his final tuneup before starting the playoffs in Chicago next Tuesday night, went seven innings, allowing eight hits and six runs.

‘‘It was tough to concentrate on a game like that,’‘ said Guzman, who set an AL record with his 25th and 26th wild pitches on another chilly night. ‘‘I wanted to work on some stuff and be ready the next time.’‘

Molitor started the ninth against reliever Jesse Orosco (3-5) with his second double of the game. Olerud walked and Molitor and pinch-runner Alfredo Griffin moved up on Turner Ward’s sacrifice. Darnell Coles was walked intentionally to load the bases and Martinez hit a broken-bat single to center to score two runs. Toronto added a third run on an infield single by Domingo Cedeno. Butler, who had two doubles, added an RBI single to make it 9-6.

‘‘It’s been that kind of year. It’s appropriate we should lose this game on a broken bat bleeder up the middle,’‘ Milwaukee manager Phil Garner said.

Mark Eichhorn (3-1) pitched a scoreless eighth and was the winner, while Duane Ward earned his league-leading 45th save.

B.J. Surhoff drove in four runs for the Brewers with a double, homer and two sacrifice flies.

Juan Bell singled and moved to second on Guzman’s second wild pitch and then to third on a groundout where he scored on Surhoff’s second sacrifice fly for a 6-5 lead in the seventh.

Ward’s bases-loaded sacrfice fly off Mike Ignasiak had tied the game 5-5 in the seventh.

Bell walked in the fifth, stole second and went to third on Guzman’s wild pitch that moved him past Jack Morris’ previous mark of 24 in 1987. Surhoff then hit his first sacrfice fly to make it 5-4.