MILWAUKEE — The struggles go on for Milwaukee right-hander Zach Davies.
Daniel Vogelbach hit a two-run homer and the Mariners had 12 hits in an 8-3 win over the Brewers on Tuesday night at Miller Park for their first interleague win in five tries this season.
Davies (7-2) gave up six hits and six runs (four earned) in four innings. He had given up eight runs in 7⅔ innings in his previous two starts.
"I just need to go back to my mentality I had before — being aggressive, controlling the game myself and not being passive," Davies said.
The Mariners felt right at home at Miller Park even though it had been nine years since their last visit.
"The ball does fly here. It's a very hitter-friendly ballpark," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "It's a new place for us and our guys were anxious to get up there tonight."
Marco Gonzales (9-6) pitched five innings to earn his fourth consecutive win for the Mariners. Four Mariners' relievers shut out the Brewers over the final four innings.
After the Brewers got a run in the first, the Mariners scored four times in the third off Milwaukee starter Zach Davies (7-2). J.P. Crawford drove in a run with a triple and Domingo Santana plated another with a double off the glove of Milwaukee shortstop Orlando Arcia. Vogelbach capped it with his 19th homer, a two-run, 419-foot shot into the second deck in right.
"He's having fun playing and coming to the park every day, and he's got big-time power," Servais said of his burly first baseman.
Seattle added two more runs in the fourth, aided by shoddy fielding by the Brewers. Mac Williamson drew a lead-off walk, reached second on one throwing error and scored on another. A second run came across on a Crawford's ground out.
"The game is a different game if we put up a zero in the fourth," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. "We gave them two runs. That's the inning that cost us as much as anything."
Dee Gordon's run-scoring double in the fifth extended the lead to 7-1.
Yasmani Grandal hit a solo homer and Jesus Aguilar had a run-scoring single for Milwaukee in the fifth off Gonzales, who gave up eight hits and three runs.
Ryan Braun had two doubles for the second consecutive game. He has doubled twice in a game six times this season.
"He's starting to do a really nice job against left-handed pitching," Counsell said. "That's something we really need."
The first-ever plate appearance for Seattle reliever Austin Adams wasn't an enjoyable experience.
"I got to hit and that was not fun," said Adams, who struck out against Jimmy Nelson. "I never want to do that again. I got a piece of three (pitches), and they were waving the white flag over there in the first-base dugout. Hitting is extremely hard."
First-round pick signed
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Ethan Small would rather this date have been delayed, of course. But less than a week after his Mississippi State University Bulldogs were bounced from the College World Series, Small looked around Miller Park and was ready for the future.
The left-hander, Milwaukee’s first-round draft pick, signed Tuesday for $1.8 million, according to MLB Pipeline. He will head to the Brewers’ complex in Arizona for a bit of a break before beginning his professional career at Class A Wisconsin in a few weeks.
“You work so hard for so long for something, and then it finally happens,” Small said. “It’s got me to the verge of tears, just because I’m so happy.”
Small was selected with the No. 28 overall pick in this month’s draft but had to finish his college career before he could sign. That ending came last Thursday, when the Bulldogs took a one-run lead into the bottom of the ninth inning of an elimination game against Louisville but lost after the Cardinals scored twice.
Small finished his junior season 10-2 with a 1.93 ERA and 176 strikeouts in 107 innings, with a fastball that sits in the low 90s.
“We were excited to get him signed as quick as possible,” Brewers scouting director Tod Johnson said. “I think he’s disappointed they didn’t get as far as he wanted to go, because he’s a really good competitor. He pitched great when he pitched out there. But we’re excited to get him going.”
Cain has thumb procedure
Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain sat out after having a cryotherapy procedure on his right thumb in Los Angeles earlier in the day.
The procedure is the same one Ryan Braun had undergone several times.
“It just got to the point where we have to do something a little more to give him a chance to get past the pain,” manager Craig Counsell said. “It has been affecting him, there’s no question about it.”
Cain, who sat out Sunday’s game against Cincinnati before Milwaukee’s off-day on Monday, likely will miss Wednesday’s game against Seattle.
Ben Gamel took Cain’s spot in the lineup.
Respect for Giannis
Counsell spoke glowingly of the emotional speech delivered by Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo after he captured the NBA's MVP during the league's televised awards show on Monday night.
"Our whole family was sitting there," Counsell said. "We all cheered, and he just gave an incredible speech. It was so heartfelt, real. Just like who he is. He didn't have anything written down. I respect him on the court, but I respect him so much for delivering that. He just nailed it."
Houser gets chance
Right-hander Adrian Houser's scheduled start on Wednesday won't be a one-time deal, Counsell said.
"We're going to move him into the rotation and give him a shot to do this because he's earned it," the manager said. "He's pitched really, really well at the big-league level."
Houser (2-1, 2.27) will make his third start of the season, replacing Nelson, who has struggled as a starter. Houser has made 14 relief appearances this season.
Seattle will use a yet-to-be announced opening pitcher before turning to Wade LeBlanc (4-2, 5.44 ERA). LeBlanc is 4-1 with a 3.82 ERA in 13 career appearances against Milwaukee.