Brewers beat Yankees, CC Sabathia
MILWAUKEE—Rickie Weeks hit a two-out RBI single after Jonathan Lucroy moved to third on a balk, Francisco Rodriguez earned his league-leading 15th save and the Milwaukee Brewers snapped a three-game skid with a 5-4 win Saturday over the New York Yankees.
Lucroy, Carlos Gomez and Aramis Ramirez each homered off Yankees starter CC Sabathia.
Weeks’ chopper skipped through the hole into left in the seventh off Alfredo Aceves (0-1), who was called for a balk two pitches earlier.
Rodriguez allowed two flyouts to the warning track in right in a scoreless ninth. The veteran closer hasn’t allowed a run in 19 appearances this season.
Zach Duke (3-0) got the win after escaping a seventh-inning jam by getting Carlos Beltran to bounce into a double play.
Lucroy and Ramirez hit back-to-back home runs in the third, and Gomez hit a solo shot to the upper deck off Sabathia, who allowed eight hits in 5 1-3 innings. The left-hander allowed at least four runs in a game for the sixth time this year.
Still, the Yankees rallied from two-run deficit on Mark Teixiera’s solo shot in the sixth and pinch-hitter Alfonso Soriano’s RBI single off Duke that tied the game at 4 an inning .
It put runners on first and second for the power-hitting Beltran. But Duke got him to bounce into the inning-ending, 5-4-3 double play.
Weeks then came through for his first RBI of the season. He is the right-handed hitting half of a second-base platoon with Scooter Gennett, but he hasn’t played as much as Gennett.
Weeks’ helmet flew off his head as he raced toward first on the single and he pointed to the dugout as the crowd showered him with cheers.
It was enough cushion for the Brewers bullpen. Will Smith had two strikeouts in a scoreless eighth. Rodriguez got three flyouts in the ninth, though the outs by Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson made the hometown fans nervous after sailing close to the wall.
Sabathia only wished he was that lucky in his first start at Miller Park since Sept. 28, 2008. With the Brewers after a midseason trade from Cleveland, Sabathia tossed a complete-game victory against the Cubs to clinch the NL wild card.
Gomez gave Sabathia a rude welcome back leading off the bottom of the first after sending a 1-1 pitch high over the left-field fence. The ball caromed off the window of a restaurant filled with spectators dining in the third deck.
Three runs off Sabathia were unearned because they followed an error.
NOTES: Ramirez left the game in the fourth with a strained left hamstring after fielding a bouncer. … Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said RF Ryan Braun (right oblique strain) feels good. He is eligible to come off the disabled list in time for the start of a three-game series Tuesday against Pittsburgh. “Still not probably there, so we are (hopeful) for Tuesday but I’m not sure,” Roenicke said. “Maybe there is a little bit of tightness but it is not really bothering him.” Braun took full cuts at batting practice Saturday, including a homer to dead center. … The Yankees send David Phelps (0-0) to the hill Sunday afternoon against the Brewers’ Matt Garza (2-3) to wrap up the three-game series. Jeter will be honored in a pregame ceremony.