ATLANTA -- Zach Davies went into Sunday's start against the Braves looking to pitch to weak contact, and he did just that.
The right-hander induced 11 ground balls in seven innings of the 7-0 win at SunTrust Park. He became the 13th pitcher in Brewers history to go at least seven innings without recording a strikeout.
"He did a great job, and it was an outing where you felt like he was really in control the whole outing," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "I thought for the most part he was just ahead of hitters and he had hitters off-balance the whole day."
Davies also collected the first extra-base hit of his career when he doubled to lead off the fourth inning, chasing Braves starter Julio Teheran. He later scored on Domingo Santana's sacrifice fly to extend Milwaukee's lead to 7-0.
"Whenever your team jumps out to a lead and you can keep that lead and keep going with the way that the game was progressing, that's always nice to do," Davies said.
Davies relied heavily on his two-seam fastball, throwing it 59 times in a 98-pitch outing. He got 15 of his 19 called strikes on his two-seamer, which topped at 91.2 mph, per Statcast™
"To have an outing where he can walk out with a big smile on his face after throwing seven strong innings is a real plus for him and makes him feel good about what's going forward," Counsell said.