NEW YORK -- Clint Frazier capped a three-hit, four-RBI afternoon by hitting a walk-off, three-run home run, giving the Yankees a 5-3 win over the Brewers on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
Frazier's first career walk-off hit came against Brewers All-Star closer Corey Knebel, who put himself in trouble by walking Didi Gregorius leading off the inning and Jacoby Ellsbury with one out. Knebel fell behind Frazier with a curveball in the dirt before throwing the fastball that ended the game.
"I was trying to move the runners over with a hard-hit ball," Frazier said. "I'm glad he left a fastball up in the zone that I could handle, and ultimately, it went the way that I wanted it to."
Frazier finished with three big hits. His single with two outs in the fifth inning represented the Yankees' first hit against soft-tossing Brewers starter Brent Suter, and Frazier's RBI triple in the seventh pulled the Yankees within a run at 3-2.
The blown save was Knebel's third in 16 chances since he took over as Brewers closer in mid-May. He did strike out a batter, giving Knebel a whiff in all 42 of his appearances this season and 43 straight dating to last season. Yankees closer Aroldis Champan set the all-time record with a strikeout in 49 straight appearances for the Reds from 2013-14.
"I didn't throw a first-pitch strike to anyone," Knebel said. "So mistakes are going to happen. … It's tough, but the thing about it is the game is over now. We'll come back at it [Sunday]."
Suter delivered another quality start for the Brewers without touching 90 mph, and Domingo Santana's three-run home run in the first inning provided a lead that lasted into the ninth. Santana's first-inning homer represented the only damage against Yankees All-Star Luis Severino over seven innings.
The Yankees' comeback snapped Milwaukee's winning streak at five games.
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Hanging on by a thread: Suter surrendered two singles through six scoreless innings, but his outing suddenly went south in the seventh. Chase Headley hit a ground-rule double and moved to third on Ellsbury's single before Suter's errant pickoff attempt allowed Headley to score. Frazier followed with a run-scoring triple that just missed being a tying home run. With a runner at third and only one out, the Brewers turned to sinkerballer Jared Hughes, who escaped by inducing Ji-Man Choi's groundout to a drawn-in infield and getting Ronald Torreyes to pop out. Hughes has allowed one earned run over 15 innings in his past 16 games.
"Suter just brought it," Hughes said. "He does it with tempo. He does it with command. My goal in that situation is to force contact. That's why they bring me in there, right?"
Just grazing: The Yankee Stadium faithful made their displeasure known when the Brewers jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. With two outs, Travis Shaw lobbied plate umpire Mike Estabrook that an inside pitch had grazed his jersey. Estrabrook agreed and sent Shaw to first base, to the ire of Yankees manager Joe Girardi. He challenged, but the call stood upon replay review. Two pitches later, Santana smacked his opposite-field home run to the short porch in right field. The Brewers have outscored opponents in the first inning this season, 78-44.
"I feel less pressure up here than I did in the Minors. I think it's just because I was trying to prove to people that I was the guy that they trade for." -- Frazier, on living up to expectations
"He was fantastic. Great pace, gets ahead, no fear. It's fun watching him throw. It [would have been] huge for us to hold that lead, and sometimes it doesn't go that way." Knebel, on Suter's outing
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Frazier is the first Yankees rookie to hit a walk-off homer with the club trailing in the ninth inning or later since Bobby Murcer in 1969. He's also the youngest Yankees player to hit a walk-off home run since Melky Cabrera in 2006.
BRAUN EXITS AGAIN
Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun left the game as part of an eighth-inning double-switch with left calf tightness, a recurrence of the injury that sidelined him for much of May and June. Brewers manager Craig Counsell characterized the issue as minor, and said Braun lobbied to remain in the game. More >
WHAT'S NEXT Brewers:Jimmy Nelson will put the finishing touches on a solid first half when the teams play a 12:05 p.m. CT series finale on Sunday. The 28-year-old right-hander is 6-2 with a 2.39 ERA in his past 12 starts, and he ranks among the top 10 of National League qualifiers in ERA, Wins Above Replacement, strikeouts per nine innings and strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Yankees:Masahiro Tanaka goes for the Yankees in the rubber match of the three-game set Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET. He's 2-1 with a 2.56 ERA over his past five starts, which comes after the worst stretch of his career.