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Doug Davis tosses eight strong

5/13/2004

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 allow the other team to come back."

Game notes
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 in his direction by Sledge on Wednesday night.