A promising start by former major-leaguer Kyle Davies dissolved in an ugly fourth inning Sunday afternoon at Canal Park.
Visiting Bowie pounded out seven hits and scored six runs with two outs in the fourth, then held on for a 7-5 victory over the RubberDucks to gain a split of their four-game Eastern League series.
Davies, who pitched for seven seasons with the Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals — the last one in 2011 — is attempting a comeback after signing with the Indians in the offseason. A postgame scoring change made all six runs unearned, but they counted all the same.
The 30-year-old right-hander allowed only two singles in the first three innings, and held the Baysox (7-4) scoreless in the fifth and sixth.
But after a throwing error by shortstop Ronny Rodriguez — originally scored a hit — prolonged the fourth inning, the next six batters all banged out hits before Davies could get the third out.
A three-run homer by second baseman Garabez Rosa was the big blow.
“There were a couple plays we could have made for him,” said Ducks manager David Wallace. “And then he left a couple balls up they made us pay for. Part of the game, it happens. I thought he did a good job bouncing back the next inning.”
Davies, who missed the 2012 season after rotator cuff surgery, allowed two runs in six innings in a no-decision at Altoona Tuesday which resulted in a 4-3 loss.
“I think he’s throwing the ball very well,” said Wallace. “I’m definitely encouraged with how he’s doing in his comeback trail.”
A two-run home run by catcher Alex Lavisky put Akron (5-5) up 2-0 in the third. Lavisky was a member of Lakewood St. Edward’s Division I state championship team in 2010 before the Indians drafted him in the 10th round that year.
Ducks left fielder Bryson Myles, who played last year at high Class A Carolina, boosted his average to .423 with a 3-for-4 day. He doubled leading off the seventh, sparking a two-run rally that trimmed the deficit to 6-4, and tripled in the eighth.
“I feel good out there,” said Myles, who went 8-for-14 in the series. “Had a great offseason, had a great spring. I’ve got great coaches, great manager in Wally and think I have a pretty good understanding of what it takes to do what I have to do on a daily basis in order to be able to compete out there and produce day in and day out.”
A home run by Bowie’s Ronald Bermudez made it 7-4 in the eighth. Ducks second baseman Tony Wolters singled and scored on a two-out double by right fielder Tyler Naquin in the ninth.
It was also another day of rehab for Indians Michael Bourn and Jason Giambi, both of whom sat out Saturday’s game after playing Friday. Bourn had a single in four at-bats and also walked. Giambi was hitless in four trips.
Bourn could be activated by the Tribe for Tuesday’s series opener at Detroit. Giambi said he expects to play at least one more game in Akron, probably Wednesday instead of Tuesday when inclement weather could be in store. The Ducks start a three-game series tonight against Trenton at Canal Park.
“That will work out better anyway,” said Giambi, recovering from a broken rib after he was hit by a pitch in a spring game. “Because that way I can play on Wednesday, off day, and then I think the team comes home on Friday [against Toronto], and I can try to rejoin the team then.”
Giambi played Friday for the first time since the injury.
“I’ve been hitting in the cage all the time so it’s nice to see live pitching,” he said. “Today I felt a lot better. Hopefully I keep progressing and moving forward.”