Zach Davies tossed eight innings of 3-hit, shutout ball and struck out a career high nine hitters to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park.
Davies started the year 0-3. Yesterday’s impressive performance evened his record at 3-3. His ERA dropped from 8.78 after three starts to 4.53 after Wednesday’s wins.
Davies was so good that the Phillies didn’t move a runner past first base against him. Along with his nine strikeouts, Davies didn’t walk a single batter. He retired the last 14 batters he faced, striking out six of the last eight and three in a row in the eighth.
The Brewers scored a pair of runs in the first inning on run scoring hits from Ryan Braun and Chris Carter. Martin Maldonado added a solo home run in the sixth inning.
The Cardinals didn’t score until the ninth when pinch-hitter Brandon Moss homered off of Brewers closer Jeremy Jeffress to bust up the shutout. Jeffress still notched his 13th save.
The Brewers head to Philadelphia for the four-game series with the Phillies starting tonight. Chase Anderson (2-6 5.00 ERA) gets the start for the Brewers in the series opener.