The performance capped a power-packed homestand for Davis, who has returned to regular playing time since the Brewers traded Carlos Gomez to the Astros and Gerardo Parra to the Orioles before the non-waiver Trade Deadline. Davis delivered 13 RBIs during an 11-game homestand that concluded Sunday, including a huge game against the Padres on Thursday in which he hit a pair of three-run home runs.
His two-run shot in the third inning Sunday made Davis the third player on the current roster to reach double-digit home runs (with Ryan Braun and Adam Lind). Davis has reached safely in seven straight games and 10 of his last 11.
"That's who he is," manager Craig Counsell said of Davis' streaky nature, "and he's trying to lengthen those good streaks and shorten those bad streaks. When you get him in those good streaks, he can win games for you. He will win games for you."
Davis is bidding for a strong finish to a trying season. He began the year as the Brewers' starting left fielder but suffered a torn meniscus in late May that required surgery and five weeks on the disabled list. By the time he returned, Parra had hit his way into regular playing time, and Davis spent most of July coming off the bench.
Now he's back in the starting lineup and employing a more aggressive approach. His go-ahead home run came with one out in the eighth inning, a runner aboard and the Brewers trailing by a run against Jonathan Broxton, a former teammate who had just been traded to the Cardinals 10 days earlier.
Broxton threw a first-pitch fastball at 96 mph, and Davis was ready for it.
"When I take pitches, it ends up being a strike and it looks like I'm not ready to hit early in the count," Davis said. "It's been a challenging year, but at the same time, they're evaluating. You have to show them you're ready for the challenge and you can handle this."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.