Brewers 4, Yankees 1
NEW YORK (AP) _ Ben McDonald showed Darryl Strawberry how much fun a comeback can be.
McDonald won his fifth consecutive decision, taking a shutout into the ninth Sunday as the Milwaukee Brewers overcame a first-inning batting order snafu and beat the New York Yankees 4-1.
Strawberry made his 1996 major-league debut, going 0-for-4 for the Yankees. The 34-year-old outfielder, let loose by New York after last season but re-signed Thursday, was brought up earlier in the day following three games with Triple-A Columbus.
He received a 25-second standing ovation in the second inning when made his first appearance as New York’s designated hitter, then lined to right, grounded to second, grounded to first and flied to the warning track in right in the ninth.
McDonald (9-3), just 3-6 for Baltimore last year, is on his longest winning streak since starting the 1994 season 7-0 en route to a 14-7 record. He scattered seven hits in eight-plus innings, struck out three and walked one.
Tino Martinez ended McDonald’s shutout bid when he hit his 14th homer leading off the ninth. The Yankees then loaded the bases against Graeme Lloyd and Mike Fetters, who struck out Wade Boggs for his 16th save.
Milwaukee, which stopped a four-game losing streak and ended New York’s five-game winning streak, scored twice in the first inning and could have taken a bigger lead in the second following John Jaha’s leadoff double off Kenny Rogers (6-4).
Matt Mieske singled Jaha to third, but New York noticed that Jose Valentin had been due to hit in the No. 7 spot and Mieske was called out after New York appealed to umpires. Mieske, batting in his correct spot, then flied to right and so did Mike Matheny, stranding Jaha.
Rogers lost for the first time in five starts since June 13, allowing three runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Milwaukee took a 2-0 lead in the first when Fernando Vina was hit by a pitch, Jeff Cirillo singled, Kevin Seitzer sacrificed and Dave Nilsson hit a two-run single.
Jaha reached on a single in the fourth and Valentin _ this time batting in the correct spot _ doubled him home. A wild pitch by Bob Wickman in the eighth allowed Seitzer to score from third.
Notes: The loss was just the fourth in 14 games for the Yankees. ... The Yankees are 30-15 at home. ... Strawberry’s return on Cap Day brought out a crowd of 35,242. ... Boggs is 4-for-27 with runners in scoring position and two outs.