ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Joe Grahe earned his first win as a starter this season when he least expected it.
Dave Winfield singled home the winning run with one out in ninth inning Friday night to give Grahe the win, allowing the California Angels to pull out a 2-1 triumph over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Grahe, 2-7, had surrendered a two-out home run in the top of the ninth to break open the runless duel. But the Angels rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth off Chris Bosio, 10-10, after he had shut them down on three singles through the first eight innings.
'I couldn't just go out and get a normal win -- that would be too easy.' Grahe said. 'You go 8 2-3 innings and give up a home run and lose 1-0: I was thinking it wasn't meant to be. ... I went from being real down to real up in a hurry.'
Grahe's last win came as a reliever on June 20th. He allowed just four hits walked five and struck out two in completing his first game in 18 major league starts. It was just the second time all season that California's fifth starter had won a game.
'I've been able to get a big monkey off my back,' Grahe said. 'It's not a question of doubting my ability. It was just a question of when am I going to get a break and win a game.'
Bosio wound up giving up the two runs and five hits in 8 1-3 innings.
'We needed a shutout to win and didn't get it done,' Bosio said. 'I was getting my pitches where I wanted to all night. It was a tough one to lose. We just didn't score enough runs.'
With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Luis Polonia walked and took second on Junior Felix's single to center. Wally Joyner singled home Polonia to chase Bosio.
'It was a funny ninth inning. He (Bosio) made some great pitches, but not in the ninth,' Milwaukee Manager Tom Trebelhorn said. 'I still thought Bosio was the best pitcher we had in that situation. Once you've allowed him to pitch to the go-ahead run, you're pretty much committed to him.
'I still thought Chris could get Felix out. If it works, it's strategy. Unfortunately it didn't stand up.'
Reliever Doug Henry came on to serve up Winfield's single to right past a drawn in infield to score Felix. It was Winfield's 70th RBI of the season, marking the 15th time he has reached that plateau in his career.
Previously against Bosio, Winfield had struck out twice and grounded into a double play.
'I hit it hard where it was pitched,' Winfield said. 'I'm glad to win it for Joe, he pitched a great game.'
Gantner had drilled a 2-1 pitch with two down in the top of the ninth for his second homer of the week after not connecting since 1987. It was just the second homer Grahe had allowed all year and the first since June 18.
In his seven previous starts this season, Grahe had been rocked for 27 runs in 35 innings for a 6.94 ERA. In two games against Milwaukee he had yielded 10 runs in six innings.