Thames set a franchise record for most home runs in April, surpassing the mark set by Carlos Lee in 2006.
Then came a road trip to Cincinnati and a 40-year-old pitcher who hadn't pitched in the majors in three years and twice led the league in home runs allowed when he was good.
Counsell said he wants to keep finding ways to get the utility man in the lineup despite not having a regular starting position.
With another 9 runs on the board today, the Brewers have now outscored their opponents by a margin of 120-104 on the season.
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GIANTS 2, DODGERS 1: Matt Cain pitched six scoreless innings to beat the Dodgers for the first time in almost four years, and San Francisco snapped a four-game losing streak with a win against Los Angeles. It's just too bad he can't pitch. The right-hander was burned by a pair of costly walks, a two-out free pass to Pina before Perez's triple in the second and a walk to Davies in the fourth that Villar followed with a two-run single. Peralta had little trouble the first time he faced Cincinnati on April 16, when he breezed through six innings while giving up two runs and three hits.
"That's an incredible statistic", Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. Davis was charged with eight runs - seven earned - and 11 hits in 2⅔ innings in the shortest of his three career starts. With his early-season success, he has now all but relegated his position mate Jesus Aguilar, one of the team's spring darlings, to spot starts and pinch-hitting opportunities.
BRAVES 8, METS 2: NEW YORK - Julio Teheran stifled the Mets into the seventh inning, Robert Gsellman staggered through a five-run first and the Atlanta Braves handed New York its fifth straight loss.
Thames has already been under suspicion for possibly being on performance-enhancing drugs.
All of which is to say: let's be careful when it comes to Eric Thames. Reds manager Bryan Price said he expects C Stuart Turner to remain on the roster when Devin Mesoraco is activated from the disabled list Friday, leaving the team with three catchers on the roster. He is 2-1 with a 4.28 ERA in six career starts against them.
Rays 2, Orioles 0: Substitute starter Austin Pruitt combined with four other Tampa Bay relievers on a two-hitter in a victory over Baltimore.