Mark Reynolds, starting at third base Sunday in place of injured Aramis Ramirez, grounded a single to left field in the bottom of the ninth to score Rickie Weeks and send the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-5 victory over the New York Yankees at Miller Park.
The Brewers (24-14) took the final two games of the three-game set from the Yankees (19-17), who were visiting Miller Park for the first time since 2005.
Weeks got the game-winning rally going with a one-out double off reliever Adam Warren (1-2) and then moved up to third base on a wild pitch. After Lyle Overbay struck out, Reynolds missed a bunt attempt on an 0-1 count, then banged a slider into the hole past diving third baseman Yangervis Solarte for the game-winner.
Kelly Johnson followed with a ground-rule double to right-center that put the Yankees up 2-0. It was a fortunate bounce, because it was likely that Teixeira would have also scored. But that point became moot when Solarte hit a fly ball to left field deep enough to bring home the runner and put New York up 3-0.
The road back for the Brewers, however, started with Garza. He grounded a leadoff double to right field to start the bottom of the third and Carlos Gomez was hit by a pitch from Yankee starter David Phelps. Logan Schafer sacrificed the runners up and Weeks brought home Garza with an infield single.
Gomez and Weeks each moved up a base on a balk by Phelps and Overbay lined a single up the middle that scored Gomez. But the ball was hit too hard for Weeks to reach the plate and he was held up at third. After Reynolds struck out, Khris Davis walked to load the bases and Jean Segura lined a ball to center that was right at Ellsbury to end the threat.
Garza settled down after the rough first, allowing just those three runs on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts over five innings.
The Brewers surged ahead in the sixth.
Segura and Martin Maldonado led off the inning with back-to-back singles, finishing Phelps after Scooter Gennett was introduced as the pinch-hitter for reliever Brandon Kintzler. Yankees manager Joe Girardi countered with left-handed reliever Matt Thornton and Brewers skipper Ron Roenicke responded by sending Jonathan Lucroy to the plate to bat for Gennett. Lucroy won the battle, singling to center to tie the game.
Dellin Betances then came on to relieve for New York and after Gomez popped up a bunt, Schafer lined a double to right to score Maldonado and give Milwaukee its first lead of the day, 4-3. Weeks grounded to short and Schafer was thrown out at third, with Maldonado scoring to give the Brewers a 5-3 lead.
The Yankees got one back in the seventh off Zach Duke on an RBU single by Solarte.
Brought in to protect the 5-4 lead in the ninth, Rodriguez got Jeter and Ellsbury but Teixeira hung back on a changeup and banged his seventh homer of the year to right field to tie the game. It was Rodriguez’s first blown save in 16 opportunities.
Kintzler, moved out of the setup role temporarily after some recent struggles, allowed a hit in a scoreless sixth inning. Duke was charged with a run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning before Rob Wooten came in to strike out the only batter he faced in the seventh. Will Smith had a strikeout and gave up a hit in a scoreless eighth before Rodriguez was touched for the first run he’d surrendered all season in the ninth.
Weeks, getting his second straight start, went 3-for-5 and Reynolds was 2-for-5 as part of Milwaukee’s 12-hit attack.
The Brewers will be off on Monday before the Pittsburgh Pirates come in to Miller Park on Tuesday. Marco Estrada (2-1, 3.53 ERA) is set to start the 7:10 p.m. game, with the Pirates’ starter still to be determined.