MILWAUKEE (AP)—Doug Davis and his teammates’ defense both made amends for their one bad inning.
Davis threw eight strong innings to recover from the two-run double he gave up to the pitcher, and the Brewers posted their third straight come-from-behind win over the Montreal Expos, 7-4 Thursday.
The Brewers, who overcame deficits of 5-0 and 3-0 in the first two games of the series, fell behind 3-0 in the second inning. Three unearned runs were charged to Davis (3-2) after a crazy play that included three mistakes.
“We had one ugly play, and it was pretty ugly,” Milwaukee shortstop Craig Counsell said. “But after that we shut them down. We played good defense. Doug pitched outstanding.”
The wildness started when Davis stabbed at Juan Rivera’s high comebacker, knocking it toward shortstop for an infield single that easily could have been ruled an error. Terrmel Sledge’s grounder then skipped off Overbay’s glove at first base for an error and second baseman Hall retrieved it and threw wildly past first base.
Rivera scored all the way from first when catcher Chad Moeller’s throw glanced off third baseman Wes Helms’ glove as he was running to cover home plate. Moeller was not charged with an error because Sledge, who got tangled up with Davis covering first, didn’t advance to second.
Pitcher Sun-Woo Kim made the Brewers pay for their costly gaffes by lining a double down the right-field line that drove in his first two runs in the majors for a 3-0 lead.
Davis retired the next 14 hitters before Tony Batista’s single with one out in the seventh. By then, he had a 7-3 lead.
“After all that mess, they really didn’t mount that much of an attack,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said.
The Brewers sure did, and everybody involved in the strange play contributed to the comeback.
Hall followed Counsell’s sacrifice fly with a two-run homer, his third, to tie it at 3 in the bottom of the third. Overbay hit his major league-leading 19th double to extend his career-best hitting streak to 14 games, and he scored the go-ahead run on Moeller’s sacrifice fly in the fourth.
Overbay added a run-scoring groundout in the fifth, when Helms had an RBI double and Moeller greeted reliever T.J. Tucker with an RBI single.
Counsell made two spectacular plays at shortstop and Ben Grieve made a diving catch in right field after the brutal third-inning blunders by their teammates.
Still, the odd play stuck in Overbay’s mind.
“We didn’t play defense in the third inning,” Overbay said. “I think I cost Doug Davis a shutout. He had to pitch another 10-15 pitches in that inning. That would have probably brought him into the ninth inning with no runs scored. It’s frustrating for me to know that.”
Sledge hit an RBI single in the ninth off Ben Ford. Dan Kolb relieved with two on and got the last out for his eighth save.
Kim (2-1), who moved into the rotation when John Patterson went on the 15-day DL on April 28, saw his ERA climb from 1.17 to 2.94 after allowing seven earned runs on nine hits in 4 2-3 innings.
“The home run was a hanging slider,” Kim said. “I have no excuse. It was a bad day for me.”
And for all his teammates.
Manager Frank Robinson made this blunt assessment after the Expos lost for the 16th time in 20 road games: “With the personnel I have, it doesn’t seem to be working.”
Losing leads in three straight games only magnified things for the Expos, who are 10-25.
“It doesn’t matter how many leads you have, it’s how you finish,” Robinson said. “But we just don’t add anything to what we have. We sit back and allowthe other team to come back.”
The Brewers announced that Warren Abramson, the club’s first employee, died Thursday at age 78. Abramson was hired by Bud Selig in April 1966 as part of Teams, Inc. to provide hospitality during the Chicago White Sox games at old County Stadium. … The Brewers will wear Milwaukee Braves throwback uniforms when they face the Atlanta Braves at Miller Park on Friday night. … Umpire Paul Nauert filed a report with Major League Baseball after a bat was thrown inhis direction by Sledge on Wednesday night.