Even with Ryan Braun shut down for the season with a suspension, the Milwaukee Brewers aren’t without a power bat in left field.
Khris Davis had his first career two-homer game Friday night, blasting a pair of two-run shots to power the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park to start a six-game road swing for the Crew.
Davis’ first long ball off Reds starter Homer Bailey in the sixth was a 428-foot shot to right-center field and gave Milwaukee a 3-2 lead.
But Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo couldn’t hold the lead, surrendering a game-tying home run to center field to Brandon Phillips to lead off the bottom of the sixth.
Davis took care of that in his next at-bat in the eighth. Aramis Ramirez led off the winning with a walk and was replaced by Logan Schafer, who moved up to second on Carlos Gomez’s sacrifice bunt. Davis followed with a moon shot to straightaway center field off reliever Alfredo Simon (5-4) to put the Crew back on top 5-3.
Scooter Gennett followed that with his second homer in Cincinnati this season, a laser beam that just cleared the wall in right. A fan appeared to reach out and touch the ball as it went over the wall, but the home run stood up after video review and it was 6-3 Milwaukee.
Brandon Kintzler gave up three straight hits with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, with Zack Cozart getting the RBI to make it 6-4.
Jim Henderson retired the side in the ninth, allowing a single and fanning two batters, for his 20th save.
Reliever Rob Wooten, just back from paternity leave, worked a scoreless seventh and got the win to improve to 2-0.
Gallardo, in his second start against the Reds since returning from the disabled list, worked the first six innings, allowing six hits and three runs, two earned, with two walks and five strikeouts.
The Brewers scored first, pushing across a run in the third. Gennett led off the inning with a single—Milwaukee’s first hit off Bailey—and moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by Gallardo. Norichika Aoki followed with a sinking liner to left. Gennett got a terrific read on the ball and didn’t hesitate, scoring when it dropped in front of left fielder Ryan Ludwick.
Cincinnati came back to grab a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning. With Phillips and Ludwick aboard, Cozart drilled a single into the left-center field gap. Gomez, playing his first game since Aug. 15 because of a sprained knee, bobbled the ball in the outfield, allowing Ludwick to score on the play.
Brewers’ shortstop Jean Segura reached on a fielder’s choice in the first inning and stole second, taking over the National League lead with his 38th swipe of the season.
Davis extended his hitting streak to nine games with his two homers on Friday. Since being recalled to take Braun’s roster spot on July 23, Davis is hitting .379 with eight homers and 17 RBI in 66 plate appearances.
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