Milwaukee starter Doug Davis snapped his worst slump of the season the last time he took the mound.
Now, he’ll look to turn in another strong outing and hope for some more run support as the Brewers continue their three-game series with the New York Mets at Miller Park.
Davis allowed just four hits in seven scoreless innings of Friday’s 5-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, snapping a season-high three-start losing streak. The victory came just three days after Davis signed a two-year contract extension worth at least $4.75 million.
“I guess I was more comfortable,” Davis said. “I feel more at home now.”
Davis had allowed 16 runs in 18 1-3 innings during his losing streak, while the Brewers scored a total of just four runs. But Milwaukee scored all five of its runs in the third inning Friday, allowing Davis a little breathing room.
“I could afford a mistake,” Davis said. “I didn’t have the best control tonight.”
Davis, who was facing the Pirates for the fourth time this season, mixed a curveball and a two-seamer in with his fastball and cutter.
“They’re looking at tape from me the last three times I’ve faced them,” he said. “They’ve seen fastball, cutter. That’s pretty much it.”
Davis also came through with his first hit of the season, snapping an 0-for-49 slump.
“I didn’t know what to do,” he said. “I kind of went through the base instead of rounding it.”
The Brewers lost 12-3 to the Mets on Tuesday, losing for the 11th time in 15 games. Geoff Jenkins went 2-for-3 and homered in his third straight game.
“We did get something going, finally,” said New York manager Art Howe, whose team scored only six runs in three weekend losses to NL East leading Atlanta. “We just have to get the right people on and get the opportunities. Lately, we haven’t had people on to get the opportunity. Tonight, up and down the order, everybody got hits.”
STANDINGS (through Aug. 2): Mets - 4th place, 9 GB, NL East. Brewers - 4th place, 16 GB, NL Central.
METS PROBABLE STARTER: Steve Trachsel (9-8, 3.63 ERA). Trachsel lost his second straight start on Friday, allowing three runs and eight hits in six innings of a 3-1 defeat to the Atlanta Braves. The right-hander is 4-5 with a 5.77 ERA in 14 career starts against the Brewers.
BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Davis (10-9, 3.79 ERA). Davis made his only career start against the Mets on May 7, when he allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings of a 7-5 win.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Mets - Mike Piazza, .278 avg.; Cameron, 22 HRs and 15 SBs; Richard Hidalgo, 59 RBIs; Kaz Matsui, 61 runs. Brewers - Lyle Overbay, .326 avg. and 67 RBIs; Jenkins, 17 HRs; Scott Podsednik, 62 runs and 41 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 2-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Mets - LHP Mike Stanton struck out four batters in the eighth inning Tuesday, becoming just the second pitcher in team history to accomplish the feat. CF Podsednik reached first after striking out on a wild pitch. … Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Murphy, who covered the Mets from the team’s inception in 1962 until retiring after last season, died Tuesday after a battle with lung cancer. He was 79. … SS Matsui sat out Tuesday to rest a bone bruise in his right leg, but manager Art Howe said he hoped to have him back for Wednesday. Brewers - Australian INF Trent Durrington, who was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis over the weekend, started at third Tuesday. … LHP Davis is 6-2 with a 2.60 ERA in 11 starts at home this season. … INF Todd Zeile is 12-for-13 (.353) with a homer and six RBIs all-time against RHP Trachsel.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mets - 23-32 on the road; Brewers - 28-25 at home.
INJURIES: Mets - RHP Orber Moreno (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Jose Parra (hip), 15-day DL; RHP Grant Roberts (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Strickland (elbow), 60-day DL; 1B Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL. Brewers - 2B Junior Spivey (shoulder), 15-day DL.