Davies improves to 6-0, Brewers top Pirates 4-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) Zach Davies wanted a shot at becoming the first Milwaukee pitcher in two years to toss a complete game. So with the Brewers nursing a two-run lead heading into the ninth on Sunday in Pittsburgh, Davies went to manager Craig Counsell and pleaded his case.

''I told him that I had it,'' Davies said. ''He thought twice and gave me the opportunity.''

It was one of the few missteps Davies made on a day the Brewers desperately needed to give their bullpen a break. Though Davies' bid for going nine full innings for the first time in his career ended when he allowed a leadoff double to Colin Moran in the ninth, he improved to 6-0 when reliever Corbin Burnes wriggled free of a two-on, one out jam to give Milwaukee a 4-2 win.

A day after a marathon 12-10 victory in 13 innings - one that took nearly 5 1/2 hours and required six Milwaukee pitchers to lock down - Davies and two relievers needed just 2 hours, 41 minutes to give the Brewers their third win in four games in their first meeting with the Pirates this season.

''You pitch into the eighth inning or the ninth inning on days after extra-inning games, it's just so huge,'' Counsell said. ''They're just really valuable performances. He was awesome today.''

The Brewers - who rely on their relievers by design as much as any team in the majors - haven't had a complete game since Jimmy Nelson threw one against San Diego on June 18, 2017. Davies' work on Sunday came on the same day Milwaukee announced Nelson will return to the rotation on Wednesday against Miami, ending a long recovery from right shoulder surgery that cut short Nelson's breakout season two years ago.

''I remember Jimmy's last one, he was the last guy for us,'' said Davies, who struck out three and walked one while his ERA rose slightly to 2.20. ''You do want to add your name to that list, but at the same time, you want to go out there and have a quality game. When you have the opportunity, then it sinks in.''

Pittsburgh had chances. The Pirates led off three innings with doubles and another on a single and a two-base error but managed to get just two runs out of it on a day they went 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position.

''An experienced pitcher staying with his plan, making pitches, using sinker down and away and throwing changeup in some offensive counts, we weren't able to do damage,'' Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said.

Eric Thames hit a two-run homer and an RBI double for Milwaukee. Thames sent a pitch from Jordan Lyles (5-3) into the right-field seats in the third inning, then drove home Keston Hiura with a drive to the left-center gap in the fourth.

''I had Thames in a couple positions where we felt really good and I wasn't able to make pitches from that point on,'' Lyles said.

Lyles has been one of the few constants in Pittsburgh's injury-riddled starting rotation. He made his 11th start of the season as scheduled five days after exiting a loss to Cincinnati with discomfort in his left hamstring.

While Lyles stressed the hamstring was not an issue, he allowed at least one base runner in five of his six innings and Thames pounced on his mistakes. Thames' seventh home run of the season just cleared the 21-foot high Clemente Wall in right field to put Milwaukee in front 3-0. An inning later Thames sent a liner that rolled to the notch in left-center, giving Hiura time to score all the way from first.

It was all the support Davies would need. Kevin Newman hit a sacrifice fly in the third to put Pittsburgh on the board and Bell added an RBI groundout but otherwise the Pirates did little. Lyles, a teammate of Davies' last season while working out of Milwaukee's bullpen, admired Davies' work even as he couldn't quite match it.

''He fills up the strike zone,'' Lyles said. ''He did his job today, did it really well. He's one of the best pitchers in the National League this year for a reason.''

Pittsburgh put two runners on in the ninth thanks to Moran's double and a catcher's interference call against Manny Pina - his second of the day. But Burnes entered and struck out pinch-hitter Elias Diaz before getting Newman to ground out to second to wrap up his first save of the season and second of his career.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: RHP Jhoulys Chacin was placed on the 10-day injured list with a lower back strain. Nelson will start in Chacin's place on Wednesday against Miami, Nelson's first major league appearance since injuring his right shoulder on Sept. 8, 2017. ... 2B Mike Moustakas (bruised right hand) was held out of the lineup as a precaution a day after being with a 101 mph fastball by Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez.

UP NEXT

Brewers: Open a three-game series with Miami on Tuesday when Chase Anderson (3-0, 3.31 ERA) faces Pablo Lopez (3-5, 4.99).

Pirates: Are off Monday then welcome Atlanta for a three-game set starting Tuesday. Steven Brault (2-1, 5.87 ERA) will start the opener.

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  • W: Z. Davies (6-0)L: J. Lyles (5-3)S: C. Burnes (1)
  • HR: MIL - E. Thames (7)
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H. Perez 3B40100031.264.302.455.756-0.5
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    K. Newman SS40010003.316.371.432.8031.0
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    M. Cabrera RF30100102.331.370.448.8182.0
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    A. Frazier 2B41100004.257.316.367.6823.0
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    • a-awarded first on catcher's interference for Stallings in the 9th
    • b-awarded first on catcher's interference for Liriano in the 7th
    • c-struck out for Rodriguez in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Yelich (8), E. Thames (5)
    • HR - E. Thames (7)
    • RBI - E. Thames 3 (24), M. Pina (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Thames 3 (10)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Gamel 3 (3), K. Hiura 2 (2), H. Perez
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Reynolds (10), J. Bell (21), C. Moran (7), A. Frazier (10)
    • SF - K. Newman
    • RBI - K. Newman (14), J. Bell (53)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Newman 2 (2), S. Marte, M. Cabrera, J. Stallings 2 (2), A. Frazier 2 (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Perez-Hiura-Thames)
    • E - Z. Davies, M. Pina 2 (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Z. Davies (W, 6-0)8.08221302.201.2224.5
    A. Claudio (H, 12)0.10000005.701.270.0
    C. Burnes (S, 1)0.20000109.721.897.5
    PITCHERSIP
    Z. Davies (W, 6-0)8.0
    A. Claudio (H, 12)0.1
    C. Burnes (S, 1)0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Lyles (L, 5-3)6.08441513.381.142.5
    F. Liriano1.01000101.291.112.5
    K. Crick1.00000301.831.024.5
    R. Rodriguez1.00000106.171.593.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Lyles (L, 5-3)6.0
    F. Liriano1.0
    K. Crick1.0
    R. Rodriguez1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Davies 107-64, A. Claudio 6-4, C. Burnes 7-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Davies 12-8, A. Claudio 1-0, C. Burnes 1-0
    • Batters Faced - Z. Davies 33, A. Claudio 2, C. Burnes 2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lyles 109-74, F. Liriano 11-8, K. Crick 13-10, R. Rodriguez 14-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lyles 8-5, F. Liriano 2-0, R. Rodriguez 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Lyles 27, F. Liriano 4, K. Crick 3, R. Rodriguez 3
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    C. Yelich RF40200000.313.425.7191.1443.0
    R. Braun LF41200002.269.327.462.7893.0
    L. Cain CF00000000.261.315.389.7040.0
    K. Hiura 2B41000014.281.333.531.8650.5
    E. Thames 1B32231110.254.383.467.85011.5
    H. Perez 3B40100031.264.302.455.756-0.5
    O. Arcia SS40100010.264.333.428.7610.5
    M. Pina C40110002.140.232.240.4722.0
    Z. Davies P40000023.120.154.160.314-1.0
    A. Claudio P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    C. Burnes P00000000.333.333.333.6670.0
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      K. Newman SS40010003.316.371.432.8031.0
      B. Reynolds LF40200000.350.409.575.9843.0
      S. Marte CF41100002.271.314.443.7572.0
      J. Bell 1B40110021.332.395.6811.0772.0
      M. Cabrera RF30100102.331.370.448.8182.0
      C. Moran 3B40100003.275.337.438.7752.0
      J. Stallings C30100002.240.240.240.4801.0
      a- G. Polanco PH00000000.244.306.431.7370.0
      A. Frazier 2B41100004.257.316.367.6823.0
      J. Lyles P20000011.056.105.056.161-0.5
      F. Liriano P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
      b- J. Osuna PH0000-000.250.400.750.000-
      K. Crick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      c- E. Diaz PH10000012.284.310.326.636-0.5
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      • a-awarded first on catcher's interference for Stallings in the 9th
      • b-awarded first on catcher's interference for Liriano in the 7th
      • c-struck out for Rodriguez in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Yelich (8), E. Thames (5)
      • HR - E. Thames (7)
      • RBI - E. Thames 3 (24), M. Pina (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Thames 3 (10)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Gamel 3 (3), K. Hiura 2 (2), H. Perez
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Reynolds (10), J. Bell (21), C. Moran (7), A. Frazier (10)
      • SF - K. Newman
      • RBI - K. Newman (14), J. Bell (53)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Newman 2 (2), S. Marte, M. Cabrera, J. Stallings 2 (2), A. Frazier 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Perez-Hiura-Thames)
      • E - Z. Davies, M. Pina 2 (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Davies (W, 6-0)8.08221302.201.2224.5
      A. Claudio (H, 12)0.10000005.701.270.0
      C. Burnes (S, 1)0.20000109.721.897.5
      Total9.0822140---
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Davies (W, 6-0)8.0
      A. Claudio (H, 12)0.1
      C. Burnes (S, 1)0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Lyles (L, 5-3)6.08441513.381.142.5
      F. Liriano1.01000101.291.112.5
      K. Crick1.00000301.831.024.5
      R. Rodriguez1.00000106.171.593.5
      Total9.09441101---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Lyles (L, 5-3)6.0
      F. Liriano1.0
      K. Crick1.0
      R. Rodriguez1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Davies 107-64, A. Claudio 6-4, C. Burnes 7-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Davies 12-8, A. Claudio 1-0, C. Burnes 1-0
      • Batters Faced - Z. Davies 33, A. Claudio 2, C. Burnes 2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lyles 109-74, F. Liriano 11-8, K. Crick 13-10, R. Rodriguez 14-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lyles 8-5, F. Liriano 2-0, R. Rodriguez 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Lyles 27, F. Liriano 4, K. Crick 3, R. Rodriguez 3
      • 5TH INNING
        Thames doubled to deep center, Hiura scored42
      • 4TH INNING
        Bell grounded out to second, Marte scored32
      • 3RD INNING
        Newman hit sacrifice fly to left, Frazier scored31
        Thames homered to right, Braun scored30
      • 2ND INNING
        Pina grounded out to third, Thames scored, Perez to third, Arcia to second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Richard Rodriguez relieved Kyle Crick
        • M. Pina: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pina lined out to shortstop
        • Z. Davies: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Davies struck out swinging
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Gamel grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Lorenzo Cain in center field
        • C. Moran: Ball, Ball, Moran doubled to center
        • Gregory Polanco hit for Jacob Stallings
        • Alex Claudio relieved Zach Davies
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Polanco reached on catcher's interference
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Frazier reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Moran to third, Polanco out at second
        • Corbin Burnes relieved Alex Claudio
        • Elias Diaz hit for Richard Rodriguez
        • E. Diaz: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
        • K. Newman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Newman reached on fielder's choice to second, Frazier out at second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Kyle Crick pitching
        • E. Thames: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Thames struck out looking
        • H. Perez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • O. Arcia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Arcia struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • B. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Reynolds doubled to deep center
        • S. Marte: Foul, Strike looking, Marte grounded out to shortstop, Reynolds to third
        • J. Bell: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to catcher
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Francisco Liriano relieved Jordan Lyles
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gamel struck out looking
        • C. Yelich: Strike swinging, Yelich singled to center
        • R. Braun: Ball, Braun reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Yelich out at second
        • K. Hiura: Strike looking, Hiura grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Frazier grounded out to first
        • Jose Osuna hit for Francisco Liriano
        • J. Osuna: Ball, Osuna reached on catcher's interference
        • K. Newman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Newman grounded into double play third to second to first, Osuna out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Lyles Pitching:
        • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Arcia grounded out to second
        • M. Pina: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pina grounded out to third
        • Z. Davies: Strike looking, Foul, Davies flied out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • J. Bell: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Bell doubled to deep center
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera flied out to left
        • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Moran grounded out to first, Bell to third
        • J. Stallings: Ball, Stallings flied out to center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Lyles Pitching:
        • C. Yelich: Foul, Ball, Yelich doubled to center
        • R. Braun: Ball, Strike swinging, Braun grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Hiura: Foul, Hiura reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Yelich out at third
        • E. Thames: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Thames doubled to deep center, Hiura scored
        • H. Perez: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • J. Lyles: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Lyles struck out looking
        • K. Newman: Strike looking, Newman grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Reynolds: Reynolds singled to right center
        • S. Marte: Marte popped out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Lyles Pitching:
        • O. Arcia: Arcia flied out to deep center
        • M. Pina: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Pina reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • Z. Davies: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Davies struck out looking
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • S. Marte: Marte reached on an infield single to pitcher, Marte to third on Davies throwing error
        • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bell grounded out to second, Marte scored
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera singled to left
        • C. Moran: Moran popped out to shortstop
        • J. Stallings: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Stallings singled to center, Cabrera to third
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier lined out to pitcher
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Lyles Pitching:
        • C. Yelich: Ball, Yelich flied out to left
        • R. Braun: Braun singled to left
        • K. Hiura: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hiura struck out swinging
        • E. Thames: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Thames homered to right, Braun scored
        • H. Perez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Frazier doubled to right
        • J. Lyles: Strike looking, Strike looking, Lyles grounded out to shortstop, Frazier to third
        • K. Newman: Strike looking, Foul, Newman hit sacrifice fly to left, Frazier scored
        • B. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Lyles Pitching:
        • E. Thames: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Thames walked
        • H. Perez: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Perez singled to center, Thames to second
        • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Arcia singled to right, Thames to third, Perez to second
        • M. Pina: Strike looking, Pina grounded out to third, Thames scored, Perez to third, Arcia to second
        • Z. Davies: Foul, Ball, Davies grounded bunt out to first
        • B. Gamel: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gamel grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera walked
        • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Moran reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Cabrera out at second
        • J. Stallings: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Stallings flied out to right
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Lyles Pitching:
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Gamel flied out to deep center
        • C. Yelich: Ball, Yelich flied out to deep center
        • R. Braun: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Braun singled to center
        • K. Hiura: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hiura grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • K. Newman: Strike looking, Ball, Newman lined out to shortstop
        • B. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to third
        • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Marte grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)