After covering 12 2/3 inning Saturday night, the Milwaukee Brewers bullpen needed some rest.
Zach Davies to the rescue.
Davies delivered 7 2/3 innings, allowing just six hits and two runs, as the Brewers scored a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets Sunday, sweeping their three-game series at Miller Park.
Christian Yelich returned to the starting lineup for the first time in a week and crushed a two-run homer to the third deck in right field, capping a three-run third inning. Lorenzo Cain’s sacrifice fly scored the first run.
Davies improved to 4-0 with a 1.56 earned run average. He got the first two outs of the eighth inning before manager Craig Counsell finally pulled the plug at 118 pitches.
Matt Albers recorded the final out of the eighth — his seventh straight scoreless outing — and Josh Hader struck out all three batters in the ninth for his ninth save.
After giving up 11 runs each in consecutive games against Colorado on Wednesday and Thursday, the Brewers allowed just six runs in 36 innings against the Mets, good for a 1.50 ERA.
After winning 17 games in 2017, Davies suffered through an injury-plagued 2018 season. He went 2-7 with a 4.77 ERA and wasn’t on the post-season roster as the Brewers went to Game 7 of the National League Championship Series.
In seven starts, Davies has yet to allow more than two runs. In three of his starts, he did not allow an earned run.
He gave up a run in the fifth on a double by former Brewer Keon Broxton and a single by Tomas Nido. In the seventh, Juan Lagares touched Davies for a home run into the Mets bullpen.
Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain turned in another highlight-reel play in the sixth inning, With a runner on first and one out, Cain raced to the wall in right-center and snared a drive off the bat of Pete Alonzo. Cain gloved the ball a split-second before crashing into the wall. Yelich took the ball from Cain and got it back to the infield without allowing Amed Rosario to advance.
After being attended to, Cain stayed in the game. He wasn’t quite as lucky in the bottom of the inning, taking a Tim Peterson fastball fluch off his left hand and leaving for X-rays that proved negative.