That 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.
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 462over the left-field fence. The ball caromed off the window of a restaurant filled with spectators dining in the third deck.
"In the past maybe (Sabathia) got away with a few more mistakes, but right now he is not getting away with them," manager Joe Girardi said.
The homers by Lucroy and Ramirez off Sabathia were unearned because they followed an error by shortstop Brendan Ryan. He got the start with Derek Jeter getting a day off.
NOTES: Ramirez left the game in the fourth with a strained left hamstring after fielding a bouncer. ... 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.
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