MILWAUKEE -- Chris Carter homered twice to provide some breathing room for Brewers starter Zach Davies, who carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of a 5-4 win over the A's on Tuesday night at Miller Park.
Carter tallied five RBIs to support the 23-year-old Davies, who didn't allow a hit until first baseman Billy Butler's two-run homer with two out in the seventh, after Davies had issued his third walk. It snapped Davies' streak of 34 outs without yielding a hit, dating to his previous start against the Cardinals.
"He was pitching well enough that you thought he had a chance at [a no-hitter]," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.
Did teammates give Davies the silent treatment between innings?
"I'm kind of quiet in the dugout as it is," Davies deadpanned.
The A's scored twice in the ninth and had the go-ahead runner on base against Brewers closer Jeremy Jeffress, who recorded his 16th save to preserve Davies' third straight win.The loss went to A's left-hander Sean Manaea, who scattered six hits in seven innings -- two of which came off Carter's bat and accounted for all five Brewers runs.
"Really one of his better games," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "He got deep in the game, was pretty efficient. He seems to be a lot more comfortable, just comes down to two pitches that left the ballpark."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Bases in bunches: Carter, who broke into the big leagues with the A's, boosted his team-leading home run total to 16 with the 14th multi-homer game of his career. Both of Carter's blasts -- a two-run shot in the second and a three-run blast in the sixth -- traveled further than 400 feet to straightaway center field, 418 and 412, respectively, according to Statcast™. Of his 47 hits, 29 have gone for extra bases.
"It's the team I came up with, so it's always special to me to see some of the guys I came up with," Carter said. "It's always nice to do well against them, too."
Billy Ball: An A's lineup that was without its power-hitting trio of Josh Reddick (disabled list, broken thumb), Danny Valencia (illness) and Khris Davis (elbow) got a pick-me-up from Butler, who provided the club's lone offensive highlight. Making a rare start against a right-hander, with the A's playing shorthanded, Butler capitalized on the opportunity, launching just his second homer. Both have come in his last eight games, a span in which he's 7-for-16 (.438).
"I wasn't trying to hit a home run. I just hit it on the barrel," Butler said. "I had a pitch right before that, right down the middle, too, I fouled it off. I didn't think he'd throw another one in there, but he did. I was just ready for it."
Milestone hit:Ryan Braun became the fifth player to notch 1,500 hits for the Brewers with a six-inning infield single that almost wasn't. Braun's hotshot grounder caromed off Butler's glove, and official scorer Tim O'Driscoll was still reviewing the play to determine whether it was an error when the Brewers announced the milestone on the scoreboard. Braun doffed his batting helmet to the crowd, and two batters later, Carter made it 5-0. More >
Asked whether he'd contemplated 3,000 hits, Braun said, "Any of the big numbers, it's so incredible. The longevity, the consistency for anybody to approach any of those big numbers is just incredible to me. Three thousand hits is remarkable."
Rookie goes seven: Manaea's night was spoiled by Carter's homers, but the lefty managed to get through a career-high seven innings in the loss. He yielded only four other hits in that time, all singles, and struck out six with two walks -- including a costly one to open the second that set up Carter's first-pitch home run. All seven home runs he has allowed have been hit by right-handers, who are hitting .316 against Manaea. At the plate, Manaea went 0-for-2 in his professional hitting debut. More >
"That first pitch to Carter, [catcher Stephen Vogt] set up outside and I just didn't get it outside enough," Manaea said. "I left it pretty much middle away and he crushed it. And that second one, we were wanting to go up and in, and I left it up and away again. So just those two mistakes I felt like really killed me."
"I thought he looked really good tonight," Vogt said. "It's frustrating when two pitches beat you. I thought his changeup was really good, and his fastball command was good except for those couple of pitches."
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When Davies finished the seventh inning, he walked off to a standing ovation from the fans seated behind the Brewers' dugout, who are still waiting for the first no-hitter by a Brewers pitcher since Juan Nieves blanked the Orioles in Baltimore on April 15, 1987. Like Davies, Nieves wasn't perfect on the night of his no-no; he walked five batters on the way to a 7-0 win. More >
Reliever Tyler Thornburg retired all three A's he faced and has retired 26 hitters in a row, extending his own Brewers record for a reliever. The overall franchise record is 28, set by Jamie Navarro over two starts in 1992.
WHAT'S NEXT Athletics: Right-hander Jesse Hahn will make his first career start against the Brewers on Wednesday at 5:10 p.m. PT in the series finale at Miller Park. Hahn is looking to rebound from the worst start of his career, a seven-run outing that spanned just two-thirds of an inning in Houston last Friday.
Brewers: Righty Chase Anderson owns a 2.59 ERA over his last four starts entering Wednesday's Interleague series finale at 7:10 p.m. CT. He most recently pitched last Thursday in Philadelphia, earning the win after giving up one earned run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings.