Brewers: Jesus Aguilar homers twice, drive in seven against Yankees
NEW YORK — Jesus Aguilar had a blast in his first visit to Yankees Stadium.
The first baseman, who made the Brewers’ roster in spring training after spending parts of the previous three seasons in Cleveland, hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the seventh inning to fuel Milwaukee to a 9-4 victory over New York on Friday night.
Aguilar also hit a two-run homer in the fourth and drove in Travis Shaw with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at four in the sxith.
The victory was the Brewers’ fifth straight.
The surprising NL Central leaders overcame a season-high five errors and a record-breaking homer by Aaron Judge to win at Yankee Stadium for the first time in exactly 21 years. Back then, the Brewers were still in the American League — they switched to the NL in 1998 and had dropped 14 of their past 15 in the Bronx, including a 10-game losing streak they snapped in Friday’s interleague series opener.
The Brewers (49-40) have won five in a row for the first time since a six-game run in September 2015, and are nine games over .500 for the first time since Sept. 1, 2014.
“We’ve just got to keep going, got to keep pushing,” said Aguilar, who went 3-for-4 to raise his batting average to .299.
Rookie left-hander Josh Hader (1-0) struck out seven over three innings of effective relief for his first major league win.
“That was pretty special,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Hader’s performance.
The highlight for New York was Judge’s major league-leading 30th home run, which broke Joe DiMaggio’s record for most by a Yankees rookie set in 1936.
Struggling reliever Tyler Clippard (1-5) gave up Aguilar’s first career slam on a full-count fastball that gave Milwaukee an 8-4 advantage.
Is it time to buy?
General manager David Stearns did not say if the Brewers are in “buy” mode.
“What’s different is that if this were last year, it wouldn’t be credible to say, ‘Oh, we might do that,’ “ Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said, referring to the MLB.com report. “Whereas now, it is credible to say that.”
Attanasio said the upcoming All-Star break will “give us time to reflect about where we are.”