The Milwaukee Brewers appear to have dodged a bullet after Khris Davis was said to be day-to-day after straining his left shoulder in the seventh inning Tuesday as the Brewers lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in a Canada Day matinee 4-1 at Rogers Centre.
Davis was hurt diving into second base at the end of a steal attempt that began when Toronto pitcher Drew Hutchison tried to pick him off first.
Marco Estrada (7-5) wasn’t bad for the Brewers on Tuesday, but as has been the case for much of the season, when he did make a mistake it was a big one. Estrada surrendered a pair of solo homers in six innings, his major-league-leading 25th and 26th home runs allowed this season.
For the Brewers (51-34), it was their first trip north of the border since 2005, but Hutchison (6-6) shut them down, surrendering just a run on three hits in seven innings.
Toronto (46-39), the leader in the American League East, got on the board in the bottom of the first when Jose Bautista blasted a changeup from Estrada over the wall in left-center for his 16th homer of the season.
Milwaukee was held without a baserunner until Davis beat out an infield single with two outs in the fifth.
In the bottom of the fifth, Colby Rasmus led off by lining an Estrada fastball out of the park to right field for his 12th homer of the year and a 2-0 Blue Jays lead.
Estrada worked six innings, allowing just the two runs on the solo shots along with six hits and a walk, striking out two.
Zach Duke worked a 1-2-3 seventh, striking out one.
Casey Janssen got his 13th save of the year for the Blue Jays, working the ninth after Hutchison struck out 10.
Elian Herrera had Milwaukee’s only other hit in the game, an infield single off Janssen in the ninth after coming into the game when Davis was hurt in the seventh.
The Brewers wrap up the short two-game series Wednesday with an early start, 11:37 a.m. Central. Wily Peralta (9-5, 3.20 ERA) gets the ball for Milwaukee, while the Blue Jays counter with left-hander A.J. Happ (7-4, 4.29 ERA). The Brewers will be off Thursday before opening a three-game set in Cincinnati on Independence Day.