MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mark Reynolds raised his right index finger in the air as his game-ending RBI single bounced safely past the diving third baseman. The bearded slugger was mobbed at first by smiling teammates pulling on his jersey and patting his head.
Reynolds' hit drove home Rickie Weeks from third with two outs in the ninth, and the Milwaukee Brewers overcame Francisco Rodriguez's first blown save of the season for a 6-5 win Sunday over the New York Yankees.
Rodriguez had given up a game-tying homer to Mark Teixeira on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the top of the ninth.
No wonder the Brewers looked like a bunch of giddy Little Leaguers.
"It was great, you come back the next half-inning and do that? That's outstanding," manager Ron Roenicke said.
It was the kind of scrappy victory Roenicke sought with third baseman Aramis Ramirez sidelined by a hamstring injury and outfielder Ryan Braun already on the disabled list with an oblique injury. He also gave another one of his top hitters, Jonathan Lucroy, a day off behind the plate.
Rodriguez (1-0) did pick up the win. The Brewers' typically stingy bullpen allowed two runs to New York, including Yangervis Solarte's run-scoring single in the seventh that drew New York within a run.
This time, the Brewers' bats picked up the relievers.
Weeks doubled just inside the first base line with one out before going to third on a wild pitch by reliever Adam Warren (1-2). Reynolds followed two batters later and delivered the hard chopper past Solarte to end the game.
"I got 0-2, got ahead, one pitch away and didn't bury the pitch like I should have," Warren said.
The back-and-forth final few innings took another roller-coaster turn in the top of the ninth when Teixeira reached out for a low-and-away changeup from Rodriguez for a homer to right. It was the first run allowed all season by Rodriguez, who blew his first save after 15 straight successful opportunities.
"Sometimes you've got to pick them up because he's been picking us up a lot," Reynolds said.
Reynolds finished 2 for 5, though his game-winner came by an unexpected fashion for someone known as a feast-or-famine slugger and hitting .235.
"Great team win; everybody chipping in," Roenicke said.
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