“That was uncharacteristic of Simon,” manager Dusty Baker said. “I think you saw some signs of fatigue, and that Davis is the best young player I’ve seen come into the league this year.”
Rob Wooten (2-0) hit a batter during his one inning in relief. Zack Cozart singled home a run in the eighth off Brandon Kintzler. Jim Henderson gave up a hit in the ninth while getting his 20th save in 23 chances, leaving him with 14 straight scoreless appearances.
Bailey repeatedly went deep in the count to batters and retired the side in order only once during his six innings.
Norichika Aoki singled home a run in the third. Aramis Ramirez doubled ahead of Davis’ homer to left-center field in the sixth off Bailey, who is 2-7 career against Milwaukee.
The Reds got a pair of runs in the fourth off Yovani Gallardo with the help of an error. Brandon Phillips singled, Ryan Ludwick walked, and both runners scored when Cozart singled to center and Carlos Gomez bobbled the ball. Gomez hadn’t played since last Thursday when he ran into the outfield wall, hurting his right knee.
Phillips led off the sixth inning with his 16th homer, which cleared the wall in center and tied it at 3. Gallardo also went six innings, giving up six hits and two earned runs.
Davis won it with his second homer.
“It’s pretty impressive,” Gallardo said. “We saw him swing the bat in spring training. He impressed a lot of people in spring training, and he’s doing it now. He’s able to drive the ball the other way with power.
“It’s a big challenge when you have a hitter with power who can also go the other way and still drive it out of the park.”