CHICAGO (Ticker) --
may have found a home in the National League.
The righthander struck out five and allowed five hits without a walk in 8 1/3 innings to lead the
to their 12th win in 13 games, a 2-0 triumph over the
"He was spectacular," Brewers manager
said. "He really kept them off balance. ... It was a tough decision to take him out in the ninth because with his control he was in complete control of the game."
Davis started the season with the
Toronto Blue Jays
, compiling a 4-6 record and 5.37 ERA in the American League. In four starts with the Brewers, Davis is 2-0 with a 0.93 ERA.
"I work good with (catcher)
," Davis Said. "He called the pitches. I was thinking all day, it's nice to have a veteran catcher back there who knows all the hitters."
In the field, the Brewers gave Davis help early, turning double plays in each of the first three innings, then helped him after he left, as
ended the game with a diving catch of
' fly ball to right field with the bases loaded in the ninth.
"Doug is a ground ball pitcher," Yost said. "He gets ground balls and that helped him get the double plays."
got the final two outs for his 14th save, but nearly endured his first blown opportunity since July 1. Coming in with one on and one out, Kolb was greeted by a single by
struck out but
walked to load the bases -- setting the stage for Conti's saving catch.
Before the ninth, the Cubs failed to advance any runners past first base.
"(Davis) tricked us all day long," Cubs manager
said. "We'd get behind and then he would throw you something off-speed. He had us hitting right into that double-play ball."
put the Brewers up early, leading off the game with a double, moving to third on a wild pitch by Cubs starter
(1-5) and scoring on a sacrifice fly by
Podsednik had three hits to raise his season average to .316, and also stole his 34th base.
Cruz allowed two runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. The righthander struck out six and walked one.
Milwaukee's other run came in the sixth inning when Ginter singled, advanced to second on a sacrifice by
and scored on
's double. Sexson's RBI was his 101st of the season.
The Cubs lost for the fourth time in five games and slipped to 2 1/2 games behind the first-place St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central Division.
"If somebody would have said in spring training we'd be two games out heading into September, I guarantee everybody would say yes," Karros said. "You want those games in September to mean something and ours do."
The Cubs and Cardinals begin a five-game series at Wrigley Field on Monday.