Davies did not allow a run in 10 1-3 innings in his first two major league starts, beating the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets, respectively. However, he suffered his first career loss Monday, giving up two earned runs and seven hits in a 3-2 defeat to the Washington Nationals.
The 21-year-old right-hander extended his scoreless streak to 14 innings before giving up an RBI double to Marlon Byrd.
“I was behind on a lot of hitters,” Davies said. “I found out it’s tough to pitch that way.”
The Braves could use another strong outing from Davies. They lost Friday’s series opener 3-1 for their sixth defeat in eight games and their 12th in the last 17 on the road.
“It’s just one of those things when things are going bad, you’ve got to overcome all kinds of things—whether it’s calls not going our way, or bloop hits or whatever,” said starter Tim Hudson, who was charged with the loss despite allowing three runs in seven strong innings.
Despite their skid, the Braves remain in a virtual tie for first place in the NL East, just one percentage point behind the Florida Marlins.